Mental Health

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

​​Mental health issues affect children and young people and school communities.

There is now a greater understanding that children and young people on the autism spectrum may be at an increased risk of experiencing anxiety and depression. It is important for school communities and families to understand that adolescence may heighten or present new mental health issues for this group of young people.

These issues can have a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of children and young people, including their educational, developmental and wellbeing outcomes. To support school communities and families to effectively identify and respond to the mental health needs of children and young people, the Department has partnered with headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation to deliver SAFEMinds: Schools and Families Enhancing Minds.

For further infromation, see: ​SAFEMinds​​​

​​​​As part of the professional learning package offered to school communities through SAFEMinds online learning program, an online tool has been developed to enable schools and families to access local information about the mental health and support services that are most appropriate for the issues that an individual child or young person may have.​  

For further information and to access the matrix, see: Victorian System of Care Referral Matrix