1,500 students take part in World’s Largest Mental Health Awareness Lesson in Sydney
Published: 9 November, 2018
The Black Dog Institute teamed up with the NSW Department of Education and other mental health and youth organisations to officially break the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Mental Health Awareness Lesson in Sydney today.
1,500 Year 9 and 10 students from 50 schools around NSW gathered at Quaycentre in Sydney Olympic Park to build their mental fitness and help-seeking behaviours.
The Black Dog Institute was on-hand encouraging students to participate in activities focusing on building resilience and improving their overall wellbeing utilising core components of BITEBACK Mental Fitness Challenge. BITEBACK is the first online positive psychology program designed to improve the overall wellbeing of young Australians aged 13-16 years.
“Delivering mental health awareness programs in our schools is key,” said Professor Vijaya Manicavasagar, Clinical Psychologist at the Black Dog Institute.
“This will not only help to destigmatise mental health issues for young people but will build resilience and instil help-seeking behaviours which has a positive knock-on effect throughout a person’s lifespan.”
The 40-minute interactive mental health lesson incorporated information from the Black Dog Institute’s school programs and is part of the new PDHPE syllabus in NSW. The lesson was livestreamed to more than 7,200 students from 80 schools across NSW on the NSW Department of Education’s Facebook and YouTube accounts.
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