The essence of MIEACT’s work lies in the sharing of personal stories of managing mental illness.
These stories are crafted to include messages of hope, recovery and help-seeking, and are refined through our ‘Do NO Harm’ framework to become a powerful educational tool that enriches both audiences and educators.
This “Direct Positive Contact” between our audiences and our volunteer storytellers is recognised as the most effective way of reducing stigma, discrimination and unconscious bias that often surrounds mental illness.
A Note for Principals
Ensure your school gets access to our highly effective mental health programs during 2018.
As School Principal you would be familiar with recent research findings showing an increase in the incidence of young people aged 15-19 years with probable serious mental illness from 18.7 per cent in 2012 to 22.8 per cent in 2016 (Youth Mental Health Survey Report 2012-16, Mission Australia/Black Dog Institute).
The top three issues of personal concern for this cohort were: coping with stress, school or study problems, and depression. There has been quite a bit of media coverage in the ACT about the increasing incidence of self-harm and mental health issues in younger students – adding additional pressure on schools and teachers and more risk to manage for principals.
Since 1993, Mental Illness Education ACT (MIEACT) has been the ACT’s trusted, innovative mental health education and training provider with programs overseen by our academic partners – University of Canberra and University of Melbourne.
MIEACT is funded by the ACT Government to deliver mental health training in the ACT’s schools and colleges, and we offer a range of evidence-based programs tailored for school age students that are mapped to the Australian National Curriculum.
The key aim of our programs is to educate the school community, reduce stigma and discrimination, increase knowledge and awareness and encourage positive health choices for young people in the ACT.
Underpinning the success and positive impact of our programs, are the personal stories of our highly trained volunteer educators with lived experiences of mental health issues. Your students will hear how our volunteers manage and recover through the cyclical nature of mental illness. They will receive a take home resource to assist in maintaining wellness and where to seek help, if needed.
To support better student learning achievements, we also offer programs for teachers as part of their professional development through the school year.
And, with one in five Australians experiencing some form of mental health issue, you may also be interested in one of our workplace programs to support teachers working with colleagues with mental health issues.
The details of all our programs, including course content and learning achievements, are outlined in our downloadable Prospectus and on our website. We can also tailor programs specifically to your needs.
All our educators are fully trained and have current working with vulnerable peoples check.
Like you, we understand the importance of strong leadership in inclusive and healthy learning and work environments. We encourage you to ensure your school gets access to this highly effective programs by booking for 2018.
Call our office 6257 1195, email: email@example.com or stay connected on our social media pages.
We look forward to working with you and your school in 2018.