Mental health

Mental health

Your child’s mental health is as important as their physical health.

Schools strive to be safe, supportive and inclusive communities. They provide programs and opportunities to improve a student’s sense of belonging and their skills in understanding themselves and others, managing relationships and problem solving.

Every school has access to a school psychologist who is uniquely placed to respond to student wellbeing and mental health issues. 

Many schools have whole school strategies in place. They also identify and support students who may be experiencing mental or emotional challenges. Support may include referral for a school psychologist or other in-school support and/or referral to another community agency.

You will be contacted if the school is concerned about your child’s mental and emotional wellbeing and you are welcome to talk to your teacher(s) or your principal anytime if you feel your child may need help.

KidsMatter for primary students

Your child’s mental health is as important as their physical health. For them to thrive at school, they’ll need to need to feel emotionally healthy and balanced.

KidsMatter Primary is a flexible, whole-school approach to children’s mental health and wellbeing for primary schools.

It has been developed by beyondblue, the Australian Psychological Society, and Principals Australia, with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

KidsMatter Primary will help your child understand that their mental health is important and teach them strategies to cope.

Discover more on the KidsMatter website or for more information about what’s happening in WA including a list of participating schools, visit the KidsMatter states and territories page.

MindMatters for secondary students

MindMatters is a national mental health initiative for secondary schools that aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people. MindMatters is funded by the Department of Health and has been re-developed by beyondblue. All content has been informed by strong evidence in the area of school mental health and wellbeing.

Schools are provided with a framework and all the resources they need to implement a relevant and easy to understand mental health strategy for students. MindMatters includes online resources, face-to-face events, webinars and support.

Many of WA’s public schools have adopted the MindMatters approach and are using it to help their students.

For more information and resources, visit the MindMatters website.