About the Conference
The Improving Mental Health and Well-Being in Schools Conference will create the strategic platform to address the burning issues related to mental health and well-being among students and educators.
At least one in four of Australia’s 1.4 million university students aged between 15 and 24 years experience mental ill-health in any given year. A lack of sleep, poor diet, drug and alcohol use, financial stress, work/study balance, living away from family and performance pressures are among the risk factors which result in, or exacerbate, mental ill-health and psychological distress among students.
Themed “Creating a Safer Environment for Students to Succeed”, this conference will bring experienced industry experts to showcase successful case studies, helping to formulate effective strategies to design and implement efficient well-being programmes for students and educators.
Meet experts, policymakers, councilors, educators at one singular platform and take away key valuables to improve and enhance the mental health and well-being of students and educators. This conference is an excellent networking opportunity not to be missed!
Mark 3 – 5 December 2018 in your calendar and book your seat now! We look forward to welcoming you this December!
7 Powerful Reasons to Attend This Critical Conference
- Gain exposure to effective case studies used by schools to improve student mental health well-being strategies
- Discover new technologies that will deter cyber bullying and social media harm
- Learn to identify early warning signs of hidden student depression, mental illness and suicidal thoughts
- Discover proven strategies to deal with substance abuse
- Network with key policy makers, councillors, educators, and experts at one singular platform
- Formulate strategies to prevent teachers’ and principals burnout
- Explore ways to address discrimination and physical bullying
The Conference At A Glance
DAY 1 Pre-Conference: 3 December 2018
- Designing an Effective Peer Support and Well-Being Programme in Schools to Prevent Depression, Anxiety and Suicide in Schools
- Coping with Teachers’ Stress and Burnout in Principals: Effective Evidence Based Coping Strategies
DAY 2 Main Conference: 4 December 2018
- Helping Students to Deal with Trauma from Cyber Bullying, Harassment and Internet Trolling
- Effective Mobile Applications & Technologies That Schools Can Implement to Deter Cyber Bullying, Harassment and Internet Trolling
- Understand Your Legal Responsibilities When Working with a Student Experiencing Suicidal Thoughts and Know the Questions You Need to Ask
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health in Schools: How Teachers Can Intervene with Proven Strategies
DAY 3 Main Conference: 5 December 2018
- Keeping Teachers From Burning Out and Improving Well-Being of Principals in Schools
- Developing an Evidence-Based Integrated Well-being Programs: Case Study of Melbourne Girls Grammar School’s Community Hub
- Integrating Student Voice into Well-being Program Design
- Building School Connectedness and Emotional intelligence in the Classroom
Exclusive Pre-Conference Workshops
3 December 2018
Workshop A: 9:00am – 12:30noon
Designing an Effective Peer Support and Well-Being Program in Schools to Prevent Depression, Anxiety and Suicide in Schools
One in four young Australians currently has a mental health condition. More young people die from suicide than car accidents each year. 75% of mental illness emerges before the age of 24; 50% before the age of 14. A national survey has shown Australian school students with a mental disorder can be almost three years behind in their studies by the time they sit their final NAPLAN test in year 9. Results also showed students with mental disorders had more absences from school and an increased likelihood of self-harm. Peer support programs has been identified as one of the most effective methods to help trouble students from slipping into depression and suicidal thinking. This program will show you how to run an effective peer support program in schools that is built based on evidence and design thinking. You will learn how to encourage peers to improve isolated students with school connectedness and engage them before they become un-engaged. You will also discover how to improve student resilience, confidence and undertake effective interventions before a crisis emerge.
Workshop B: 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Coping with Teachers’ Stress and Burnout in Principals: Effective Evidence Based Coping Strategies
The emotional workload of teachers is too often ignored. Research shows nearly one in three Australian teachers are so unhappy in their profession they consider leaving within their first five years of employment. That means 16,000 teachers currently in Australia’s classrooms are finding the challenge of managing their professional lives too great. Most teachers rarely have time or encouragement to reflect on how the day’s events in a busy classroom have affected their emotions, so prevalent is the expectation that they should minimize or avoid their own feelings at all costs, leading to a high chance of burnout. This program will show teachers and principals effective strategies to deal with acute burnouts and stress and how to avoid damaged mental health and well-being.
Melbourne Girls Grammar
Head- Academic Child Psychiatry Unit
The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne
Assistant Dean, Teaching & Learning, Melbourne Law School
The University of Melbourne
The University of Sydney
Senior Lecturer - Physiology
Western Sydney University
Right In The Head
Head of Fleming School of Health Sciences
Australia Institute of Business & Technology (AIBT)
Catholic Education Melbourne
SEDA College Victoria
Lindfield Speech Pathology & Learning Centre