Mental Health 101 - Youth

Our leading program for youth on stigma and help-seeking with powerful lived experience stories.

The details

Mental Health 101 – Youth

An introduction to mental health that builds an understanding of the myths and facts. This workshop includes real life stories and provides practical examples of help-seeking behaviours.

Delivered by trained Volunteer Educators and guided by the MIEACT DoNOHarm safe story-telling framework this session includes two lived experience stories combined with evidence-based educational content mapped to the Australian Curriculum.

By the end of this session participants can:

• Articulate the prevalence of mental illness.
• Understand what stigma is.
• Identify negative consequences of stigma.
• Identify where to go for help (advice).
• Have improved mental health literacy of the target group.
• Contribute to the collective impact in reducing stigma in relation to mental illness.

This program is mapped to the Australian Curriculum

Years 7 and 8
– Investigate the benefits of relationships and examine their impact on their own and others’ health and wellbeing (ACPPS074)
– Evaluate health information and communicate their own and others’ health concerns (ACPPS076)

Years 9 and 10
– Investigate how empathy and ethical decision making contribute to respectful relationships (ACPPS093)
– Critically analyse and apply health information from a range of sources to health decisions and situations (ACPPS095)

Addressing stigma and promoting help-seeking

We deliver over 130 sessions on stigma and mental illness each year to ACT Secondary Schools and Colleges. This is our flagship program and has been delivered in the ACT for over 25 years.

From Teachers who host our programs 90% identified the program to be “Significantly” (30%) or “Extremely” (60%) informative for their students. They also rated MIEACT Volunteer Educators as “Significantly Competent” (20%) or “Extremely Competent” (80%) facilitators of the topic.

Participants identified the use of personal stories within the session to be of most impact. With 66% identified their understanding of the topic had increased “Significantly” (55%) or “Extremely” (11%).

What people have to say about the program

  • “It is great having real people facing real mental illness challenges share their experiences with our students. Although the students are often quiet during the session they ask lots of questions in our follow up lessons which is a key indicator of engagement"

    Teacher, Mount Stromlo High School
  • "What I liked most about the course was that people shared things they have gone through, in two different ways, this kept the course interesting and easy to understand"

    Youth Mind Pilot, Age 15
  • “The MIEACT volunteers are wonderful, they have been a pleasure to work with, very professional and great with the students”


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