Youth & School

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.

97% of student participants would recommend this session to a friend.

“It was very informative and enlightening and it gave me perspective as well. It was extremely useful, especially with the other personal experiences.” – Student, 14 years

Participants identified the use of personal stories within the session to be of most impact. With 96% identified their understanding of stigma had increased “Moderately” (26%), “Significantly” (52%) or “Extremely” (18%). And 98% more likely to seek help.

“The session helped me to understand that there is so much stigma around the issues and why that is so. It helped me to get as deeper understanding and ability to ask for help if I need it.” – Student, 14 years

“The session wasn’t overly complicated with statistics but it was mainly people’s stories which is more meaningful and personal.” – Student, 16 years

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
  • "The session helped me to understand that there is so much stigma around the issues and why that is so. It helped me to get as deeper understanding and ability to ask for help if I need it." –

    Student, 14 years
  • "The session wasn't overly complicated with statistics but it was mainly people's stories which is more meaningful and personal."

    Student, 16 years

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