Be You: A national education initiative to support the mental health of Australian children and young people

Hoare, Erin, Thorp, Andrew, Bartholomeusz-Raymond, Nadine, McCoy, Alicia, Butler, Helen and Berk, Michael 2020, Be You: A national education initiative to support the mental health of Australian children and young people, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, pp. 1-6, doi: 10.1177/0004867420946840.

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Title Be You: A national education initiative to support the mental health of Australian children and young people
Author(s) Hoare, ErinORCID iD for Hoare, Erin
Thorp, Andrew
Bartholomeusz-Raymond, Nadine
McCoy, Alicia
Butler, Helen
Berk, MichaelORCID iD for Berk, Michael
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Start page 1
End page 6
Total pages 6
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2020-08-14
ISSN 0004-8674
Keyword(s) Mental health
young people
Summary Early learning services and schools provide unique settings for mental health promotion and early intervention due to the potential for population-level dosage and reach in terms of reducing multiple risk factors and enabling protective factors among young people. Educators play a key role in supporting children and young people’s experiences of, and access to mental health promotion opportunities, and hold unparalleled opportunity in terms of creating mental health–promoting learning environments. In 2018, the Australian National Mental Health in Education Initiative, Be You, was launched. Be You is a multi-million-dollar Australian government–supported initiative, freely available to all 24,000 early learning services, primary and secondary schools throughout Australia. The potential for subsequent population reach is proposed to potentially exceed that of any mental health promotion initiative for children and young people previously observed in Australia. Be You aims to foster mentally healthy learning communities across Australia through building capacity among educators to embed mental health promotion strategies. The Initiative was developed based on a review and integration of previous national mental health promotion frameworks, with an overall alignment to existing state and territory education, social and emotional well-being frameworks, and the Australian Curriculum. In delivering facilitated support from specialised consultants to early learning services and schools participating in the initiative, Be You draws on professional learning principles designed to build capacity in educators and educational systems relating to mental health promotion. It uses an updated, multi-module online platform providing interactive, evidence-based resources. This paper presents the Be You framework, describes the evidence sources used to inform the underlying principles and objectives, discusses the specific components that form the initiative, details the professional learning modules and content, and discusses potential implications for population mental health and prevention efforts.
Notes In Press
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0004867420946840
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
11 Medical and Health Sciences
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C2 Other contribution to refereed journal
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