This Term Year 8 and 9 Mental ill-health during adolescence significantly hinders quality of life and impacts educational outcomes. Mental health problems often develop during adolescence; therefore, schools are an important setting in which to promote positive mental health. In light of the particularly challenging last few years, there is an even greater need to address the mental health and wellbeing of our young people.
The OurFutures prevention programs (formerly known as Climate Schools) are a suite of universal evidence-based modules designed to prevent substance use and mental disorders and related harms among adolescents. Our College will be offering the intervention modules comprising six lessons to students in Years 8 & 9 incorporating practical and emotional skills acquisition, psychoeducation, and additional behavioural skills that are specific to anxiety and depression. Content is delivered through online cartoons, illustrations, and interactive activities, which have been updated over time to reflect current youth trends through realistic scenarios and language.
This week’s Happy Families article by Dr Justin Coulson
Director of Pastoral Care & Wellbeing