Objective: Learners have their physical, developmental, psychosocial and mental health needs met, with resources provided to support their growth.
Physical and mental health are key elements of wellbeing.
Positive and strong mental wellbeing allows students to engage, participate and learn. Alternatively, poor mental wellbeing is a real barrier to being an engaged and successful learner.
There is an increasing understanding of the importance of mental health and the preventative practices we can put in place to strengthen resilience.
Supporting mental wellbeing extends from prevention and early intervention through to intensive intervention.
School Health Nurses support schools, families and communities to help foster healthy choices, (physical, social and emotional), to create positive outcomes and a culture of lifelong learning. Primary School Nurses focus on: kindergarten assessments, hearing and vision screening, developmental checks, local/state/national health promotion initiatives, targeted screening and health education aligned with the Australian Curriculum. Secondary School Nurses focus on: health education aligned with the Australian Curriculum, including healthy relationships, mental health and wellbeing, body image, nutrition, local/state and national health promotion initiatives, targeted screening and positive parenting programs.
School Social Workers have professional skills and knowledge in:
- mental health: depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicidal thoughts
- grief and loss
- sexual health and healthy relationships
- addictions and risky behaviours
- drugs and alcohol
- physical activity and nutrition
School Social Workers provide early intervention programs including counselling, case management and group work.
School Psychologists have professional skills and knowledge in:
- Anxiety Disorders (Generalised Anxiety; Separation Anxiety; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Panic Attacks; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Grief and Loss
- Self-harm and suicide risk assessment
- Trauma and Attachment Disorders
- Eating and body image difficulties
- Substance abuse
School Psychologists provide counselling, therapy and programs for students and school communities.
Student Health Initiative – supports a number of initiatives that already exist within schools and that are in the process of being implemented. Some of these include Move Well Eat Well, Health Promoting Schools, Respectful Relationships and Healthy Kids Tasmania.
Move Well Eat Well – a Tasmanian government initiative that supports the healthy development of children and young people by promoting physical activity and healthy eating as a normal positive part of every day.
Be You – Mentally Healthy Communities
Be You – Suicide Prevention and Response
Healthy Young People – is a free inquiry-based resource developed by the Department of Health that schools can use to support young people to take the lead in making healthy choices easier at school.