Regional and rural mental health training
By virtue of growing up in non-metropolitan areas, a young person is at greater risk of drug abuse, deliberate self-injury and even suicide compared with their counterparts in the city. Making the situation worse is the lack of available evidence-based care. Those living in rural areas have access to about one-fifth of the health care services that we do in the city.
Thrive is a preventative mental health training program that avoids the stigma of mental health by weaving social and emotional skills into student’s day-to-day schooling. Thrive trains school teachers and staff in an innovative evidence-based therapy from Harvard Medical School called Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS). Once trained, these teachers then go on to use these skills in their interactions with students on a daily basis. These skills will help all children in the class, including those with established emotional and behavioural problems, to develop better social and emotional skills and resilience.
Importantly, this model is a sustainable one – teachers go back to their school and deliver the training to the rest of the school staff. If turnover occurs, as it inevitably does, existing teachers can train incoming staff long into the future.
Over 3 years Thrive will train 192 schools and potentially reach 12,000 students.
If your school would like to get involved please contact The Kidman Centre on (02) 9514 4077 or www.tkc.uts.edu.au