Kids matter at Redhead Public School
On the 23rd of October Redhead Public School will be holding a whole school event to celebrate mental health month. The school is launching Kidsmatter, a school-wide approach to children's mental health and wellbeing for primary schools.
A day of activities has been organised to help students develop strategies for their mental wellbeing. The day will involve the community coming together to support one another. A local artist will help students create a mural, a local choreographer has created a dance routine, the local men's shed will be cooking the community a barbeque lunch and much more.
"At Redhead Public School we focus on each child in a holistic manner. We have already been embracing many strategies for children's mental wellbeing. Kidsmatter is the next step in developing the mental health of our students," Ms Jo Clews, Principal of the school, said.
Kidsmatter is a whole school approach to children's mental health and wellbeing for primary schools. It provides proven methods, tools and support to help schools, parents, carers and the wider community nurture happy, balanced kids.
It is a national initiative that aims to improve student mental health and wellbeing, reduce mental health difficulties and increase support for students experiencing mental health issues. Developed by beyondblue, in collaboration with the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Principals Australia (PA) a two-year independent evaluation of the pilot program, conducted by the Centre for Analysis of Educational Futures at Flinders University, found that 20% of students experiencing mental health difficulties were shown to no longer be at risk after adopting the KidsMatter Primary program over a two-year period.
‘Creating happy kids who have the strategies to deal with life's ups and downs is part of my job as a teacher. Every face has a place, is a motto from Kidsmatter that we embrace at Redhead Public School. It will be an amazing day for all involved and particularly for our students,' Ms Clews said.
For those experiencing mental health issues please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or beyondblue 1300 22 4636
For more details, please read our school newsletter.