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MindMatters is a national mental health initiative for secondary schools funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and implemented by Principals Australia Institute (formerly APAPDC).
MindMatters uses a whole school approach to mental health promotion based on the principles of the World Health Organization's Global School Health Initiative and the Australian 'A national framework for health promoting schools (2000 - 2003)', Australian Health Promoting Schools Association (AHPSA).
MindMatters aims to:
- embed promotion, prevention and early intervention activities for mental health and wellbeing in Australian secondary schools
- enhance the development of school environments where young people feel safe, valued, engaged and purposeful
- develop the social and emotional skills required to meet life’s challenges
- help school communities create a climate of positive mental health and wellbeing
- develop strategies to enable a continuum of support for students with additional needs in relation to mental health and wellbeing
- enable schools to better collaborate with families and the health sector.
MindMatters resource suite
The MindMatters resource suite supports Australian secondary schools to promote and protect the mental health and wellbeing of school community members. It includes:
- Staff from 83% of all schools with secondary student enrolments in Australia have attended MindMatters professional development.
- Over 160,000 Australian participants have undertaken professional development.
- 98% of Australian secondary schools are aware of MindMatters.
- 65% of the Australian secondary schools surveyed continue to use MindMatters as a curriculum resource.
- 38% of Australian secondary schools use MindMatters as their key organiser for mental health promotion.