Five key elements can help a variety of student-led, school-based actions and programs to evolve:
Student empowerment starts with the school staff’s understanding of, belief in and commitment to young people taking an active role in promoting wellbeing at school.
2. Knowledge and skills
Building staff and student knowledge and skills about mental health and the importance of help-seeking, as well as in responsible decision-making, personal and social skills, and collaboration.
Building the confidence and capacity of young people to speak up, to present and tackle issues, to make changes and to take appropriate risks.
4. Opportunities and responsibilities
Providing all interested students with opportunities to support wellbeing in their school in a way that is meaningful for them and their school community.
5. Active support
Active support from teachers and other adults at the school.