What’s involved?

MindMatters offers a rich suite of professional learning and support resources that are focused, result-oriented and entertaining. A variety of learning experiences support both individual exploration and facilitated group activities, depending on the needs of your school.



Since the year 2000, MindMatters has been helping secondary schools support young people’s mental health. MindMatters is now updated with new research, new resources and new strategies to help schools be even more effective in meeting the mental health needs of students. The new MindMatters is based on a four component framework that aligns with the KidsMatter initiative, ensuring a common mental health language is used with young people from early childhood through secondary school. The framework provides a comprehensive view of mental health across the whole school community while being flexible and adaptable to each school’s unique circumstances. 

Commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Health, beyondblue have led the redevelopment of MindMatters, which now offers blended professional learning that includes online resources, face-to-face events, webinars and Principal Australia Institute project officer support. MindMatters incorporates the latest evidence-based strategies and research while continuing to be a free, valuable and innovative resource for schools.




PROFESSIONAL LEARNING MODULES

MindMatters online professional learning modules are free, and allow you to measure and record your progress and receive a certificate on completion. Each module contains the following:

MindMatters in minutes

You’ll get the key concepts behind each module in less than three minutes with these fun animations voiced by Adam Spencer.

MindMatters in minutes

The MindMatters panel

In this series, host Julia Zemiro brings together staff, students, parents and leading experts to debate issues raised in each module, as well as to share stories, strategies, practice and insights from their own efforts to promote mental health in schools.

The MindMatters panel

The Eagleton way

This video mockumentary series takes you inside the fictional Eagleton High, a school that’s not afraid to try some unconventional strategies to improve the mental health of their students.

MindMatters in minutes

Downloadable resources

Each module has downloadable resources that contain all the details, guidance and research you need, whether you are working through a module by yourself, or are part of a facilitated group of staff members.

  • Module summaries draw the key points out of each module into a single downloadable document.
  • Supplementary PDFs throughout the modules offer additional information such as ‘quick win’ ideas.
  • Facilitator guides contain a series of activities, questions and prompts for a staff member leading an internal professional learning session. The facilitator guides provide ideas on how to use the modules with a group to encourage connection, discussion and action.
Downloadable resources

Reflective questions

Mental health isn’t always straightforward, and it is often useful to discuss questions and understandings with other people. The MindMatters Reflective wall provides a collaborative forum where you can find out what other people think about issues and connect with a community of learners. Questions posed throughout each module will help you reflect on what you’ve learnt and provide discussion starters for the online community as well as for face-to-face groups.

Reflective questions

Next steps

Don’t stop at ideas. Take action. Use the Next steps tool to help you record and share exactly what you want to do next to promote positive mental health in your school as a result of your learning.

Next steps

Further resources

Each module contains links to high quality resources from leading mental health organisations such as headspace, ReachOut Australia, and Young and Well Co-operative Research Centre.

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Classroom resources

For modules on topics of direct interest to students, we’ve developed and collated resources that staff can use in the classroom: animations, activities and links to the online resources from the best mental health and youth organisations in the sector.

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ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

MindMatters Spotlights

MindMatters’ Spotlight series focusses on topics of importance to schools, including Bullying, Using technology, Suicide prevention, Self-harm and Diversity & Inclusion, as well as Staff wellbeing and Engaging families. The Spotlight series provides informative and practical professional resources to help schools and school staff build the mental health and wellbeing of all students.

VIEW SPOTLIGHTS

Free events

Professional learning events, conducted by Principals Australia Institute, are provided face-to-face and via webinar throughout Australia to help you get started and during implementation.

ATTEND AN EVENT
Free events




DASHBOARD TOOLS

By creating a free account, you can access your dashboard with additional tools to help you develop a mental health plan for your school, and then measure that impact of that plan over time.

Professional learning records

From your MindMatters account track your progress through modules and print module completion certificates for your records and access the quizzes.

CREATE ACCOUNT
Professional learning records

Survey tool

How do you know what your school community wants from a mental health strategy? And how do you know if your actions are making a difference? The MindMatters survey tool provides school leaders with the means to survey staff, students and families, compare results against national averages and monitor your school’s progress.

LEARN MORE
Survey tool

Buddy list

Planning a mental health strategy is made easier when staff members can share ideas and experiences with other staff members across Australia. With your MindMatters account, access the Buddy list, which lets you build an online network of support and collaboration.

FIND BUDDIES
Buddy list