headspace in Schools is a national workforce that supports, engages and partners with education and health sectors across Australia, to build the mental health literacy and capacity of workforces.
Driven by, and in alignment with systems and school improvement we are dedicated to improving the mental health and wellbeing outcomes of children, young people, families, and school communities.
These initiatives are designed to support the mental health and wellbeing of school communities through evidence-based mental health promotion, prevention, early intervention and postvention services.
headspace is the delivery partner of Be You for primary and secondary schools across Australia. Be You is a national initiative for educators, aimed at promoting and protecting positive mental health in children and young people.
headspace in Schools (formerly known as headspace School Support) continues to support secondary schools to prepare for, respond to and recover together where there has been a death by suicide.
As an educator, your response helps guide and support children and young people who may be thinking about or have been affected by suicide. Suicide prevention and response resources are available on the Be You website.
If your secondary school is currently responding to, or recovering from, a suicide or attempted suicide, contact your Be You state or territory manager.
To find out more visit the Be You website.
Schools Suicide Prevention Activities
Schools strive to be safe, supportive and inclusive communities. Recognising the important role schools have in their communities in supporting the mental health needs of young people and their families, this initiative funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, delivers face-to-face training and education sessions to staff, students, parents and carers.
Sessions can be tailored to meet school needs and are designed to complement the mental health and wellbeing framework of the school. These sessions are delivered onsite in secondary schools and at the invitation of the Principal.
For more information or to express interest in having these sessions at your school, please contact Narelle Corless, Program Manager on 0418 527 145 or email: email@example.com.
Department of Education and Training Victoria only
Student Support Service staff working within the Department of Education and Training Victoria can access individual psychological support sessions provided by a qualified headspace clinician.
To find out about how you can access this service, email SS@headspace.org.au
Principal Coaching and Support Service
At times Principals, Deputy Principals and school leaders are required to lead their school through traumatic and critical incidents.
This service funded by the Queensland Department of Education and Training, offers school leaders in Queensland a non-judgmental and confidential space to have one-on-one supportive conversations, and equips them with the tools and strategies to support themselves, their staff and school during these stressful times. It is a free service for all Queensland State School Principals, Deputy Principals and school leaders.
For further information about the training packages and the individualised support being offered, please contact either Claire Malengret, Principal Coaching and Support Manager on firstname.lastname@example.org / 0476 839 363 or Stephen Lewis–Driver, Principal Coaching and Support Service Advisor on SLewis-Driver@headspace.org.au / 0455 935 808.
SAFEMINDS in Practice and Suicide Risk Continuum Training
These training packages are funded by the Department of Education and Training Victorian through the Enhancing Mental Health Support in Schools (EMHSS) initiative, which assists students, Victorian Government school staff and the regional workforce across Australia to build their capacity to better support students’ mental health, resilience and wellbeing through a range of tailored services.
SAFEMinds in Practice training is for all staff and aims to increase their foundational knowledge of mental health and emerging concerns. Suicide Risk Continuum Training is more specialised and focuses on identification, support and response to self-harm and suicidal behaviour in students and is aimed at wellbeing coordinators, student support services officers, level coordinators and assistant principals.
Professional learning and training
For more information about the upcoming training dates for SAFEMinds in Practice and Suicide Risk Continuum Training, email email@example.com or speak to Nikki Gilbilisco, EMHSS Training Project Officer on (03) 9027 0100.
Skills-based Training on Suicide Risk Management (STORM)
headspace is looking at ongoing funding options to deliver skills-based training on suicide risk management for secondary schools, so there are no training dates scheduled.
We are seeking opportunities to speak with leaders from within the various education and government sectors to consider future opportunities. This is a valuable product in building the capacity of education staff and has been highly regarded to date, with several studies indicating that the package is effective in improving skills, confidence and attitudes in suicide prevention.
To register your interest for potential future training notifications, or to express an interest in supporting the delivery of this package, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources for educators
The suicide of a young person has a long and lasting impact on their friends and peers, their families, schools and communities.
As an educator, your response helps guide and support children and young people who may be thinking about or have been affected by suicide. Suicide and response resources are available here:
If you are a young person aged between 12-25 and need information relating to general mental health, physical health, work and study, and drugs and alcohol, resources are available in the young person section of our website.