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The Whole School Approach

On 26 August 2010 by admin

MindMatters is a resource and professional development program supporting Australian secondary schools in promoting and protecting the mental health, and social and emotional wellbeing of all the members of school communities.

A whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing involves using multiple strategies that have a unifying purpose and reflect a common set of values. It requires that all stakeholders, parents, students, staff and the community work together to create a protective environment that promotes mental health and wellbeing on both the social and emotional levels.

The MindMatters whole school approach is an implementation process with clear action. It is fundamentally about creating a Continuum of Connection to support the mental health and wellbeing of all students, including those experiencing high support needs.

The key dimensions are:

  • School ethos and environment
  • Curriculum; teaching and learning
  • Internal and external partnerships and services.

The model also identifies four enablers for a whole school approach:

  • Extending leadership and participation
  • Increasing staff understanding of mental health and wellbeing
  • Making links with other key initiatives
  • Evidence-based evaluation and data collection, analysis and action.

Read more:http://www.mindmatters.edu.au/whole_school_approach/the_whole_school_approach_landing.html