A child struggles to be in their emotional & rational brain at the same time. When engaging with a student after an incident, give them time to calm down before talking. We can use consequences as a time to determine what is going on behind the behaviour & to problem solve alternatives, but we need to give a student time to get out of their emotional brain in order to create space to reflect. If you would like to know more about strategies to improve mental health in schools head to:
Improve student mental health
Do you want to stop watching your students fall through the cracks? Do you want to start making a difference and changing the mental health statistics? Do you want to create a culture of wellbeing in your school rather than just implement a programme? Do you want to adopt a process that is done effectively and sustainably and gets MAXIMUM buy-in from staff, students and parents? Follow the link below to find our more about improving student mental health.
Improving mental health outcomes
A starting point when improving mental health is awareness & data collection. It is important to establish a shared understanding of mental health. It is also critical to get a true snapshot of what is going on in your school or community. Other critical areas to consider are: - protective & risk factors in your setting - developing a sense of belonging & connection - opportunities to offer education around mental health - identifying the gaps that may exist in mental health support pathways
Community mental health improvement checklist
Would you like to improve mental health outcomes in your community or local area? I have created and chaired a community mental health action team that has been used as a model for success for other communities. Using this experience I have created a FREE implementation checklist that you can access to give you a clear list of what can be done and where to start when improving mental health outcomes in your community or local area. Click here to access the FREE checklist
Children’s Mental Health
It is critical that we educate our children and teens about looking after their mental health. It should be considered part of their overall wellbeing. Much like we encourage students to get enough sleep, eat well and exercise, we need to educate them about mental health. This should include how to maintain a positive mental health and access to support strategies & resources so they know where to go if they need help.
Community Approach to Mental Health
Do you want to start saving lives in your community? Do you want to make a real difference in the space of mental health? There are so many passionate people who want to make a different to the mental health statistics. We need to take the strengths that exist in each sector and across community and sporting groups and work together to improve local mental health outcomes. You will find free tips, ideas and resources to help you get started on improving mental health in your local area.
Community approach to mental health
If we work together across health, education, law enforcement, small business and community & sporting groups we can have a greater impact and utilise the strengths that each group brings. I have created a framework and clear process for improving mental health across communities that has been implemented and shared across communities across Western Australia as a model for success. Follow the link below to learn more about how you can make a difference to mental health in your community
Recommendation: Tomorrow Man & Tomorrow Woman
I can highly recommend the Tomorrow Man & Tomorrow Woman programmes. I have watched both programmes have a significant impact on our students encouraging them to challenge stereotypes & helping students develop an understanding of their own identify. I have watched students challenge ideas of mateship & rise up to show support to other students they usually have little interaction with. These programmes are well worth exploring for both your schools and communities and are highly impactful!
Your Own Mind Quote
This quote has always resonated with me. I often think of a class of students and am reminded of each child interpreting the same comment differently based on their own head space and experiences. So much of how we react or what we assume someone else is thinking is based on our own negative thought patterns. We need to help children become aware of their thoughts, so that they can question their thoughts when needed and choose how to react. This of course also applies to us all.
Belonging & Connection
Never disregard the importance a Sense of Belonging and Connection makes to a person's mental health. It looks different for everyone but is a critical area to consider when making improvements across communities, sectors and schools. #belonging&connection #wheredoIbelong #improvingmentalhealth #thinkeffective
Key Benefits To Cross Sector Approaches to Mental Health
Click on this pin to learn about the key benefits to adopting a cross-sector or community approach to mental health.