Survey information for students and families

What is MindMatters?

MindMatters is a mental health initiative for secondary schools that aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people. An important aspect of implementing MindMatters in schools is involving students and empowering them to take care of their own mental health.

What is the survey about and how long will it take?

The survey asks for your views about aspects of the school that relate to supporting student mental health and wellbeing. We expect that it will take you approximately 10 minutes to complete the survey.

What personal information is being collected?

Your first name, last name and email address may be collected to invite you to participate. This information is deleted once a survey is closed. Your responses to questions are not connected with your name or email address and so you cannot be identified in this way.

What is the purpose of this survey and what is my personal information being used for?

Your school is engaged with MindMatters as it has identified the importance of supporting the mental health and wellbeing of its students. MindMatters encourages schools to reflect on how they’re doing things – what they’re doing well already and also what they can improve to better promote student mental health and wellbeing. This survey is one way to seek the opinions of students. The opinions of school staff and parents and families may also be gathered, in order to gain a broad understanding of your school community and assist in school planning.

What choice do you have?

Completing this anonymous survey is entirely your choice and you can choose not to answer some or all of the items. Your decision to participate or not, will not disadvantage you or your grades. However, we hope that you will help to improve your school community. Please feel free to discuss any concerns you may have about completing this survey with one of your teachers.

Who is my personal information disclosed to?

De-identified survey data is made available to school action team leaders. Data is presented in the form of a report which contains percentages of responses to questions. Survey data is also used in the aggregation of national averages which can be used by action team leaders to compare results.

De-identified survey data may also be used by organisations employed to evaluate the implementation of MindMatters and inform future development.

What do I need to do to participate?

Please read this information statement with your parent or carer and be sure you understand what it’s about. If there is anything you do not understand, or if you have questions, please talk to one of your teachers. If you feel upset about anything while doing the survey, please talk to one of your teachers. You’re also free to drop out of the survey at any time if you change your mind about completing it.

Privacy compliance

Your personal information is managed in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and the Australian Privacy Principles contained in that Act. Please refer to beyondblue’s privacy policy at www.beyondblue.org.au/general/privacy-policy