Mental health, wellbeing and support

Wellbeing webinars

We will continue to offer free webinars for Term 3 as part of the staying safe and well and leading for wellbeing webinar series.

  • The staying safe and well series (for all staff) includes topics such as managing anxiety during coronavirus (COVID-19), resilience in time of uncertainty, safeguarding against burnout and switching on your growth mindset. Recordings and tip sheets are also available for past sessions.
  • The leading for wellbeing series (for people managers) offers sessions including supporting injured or vulnerable staff in times of crisis and creating and maintaining a psychologically safe work team. The sessions provide practical mental health and wellbeing tips and strategies for use through coronavirus (COVID-19) and beyond.

Visit wellbeing webinars (login required) for more information.

Mental health support

Major incidents such as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can have impacts on mental health and wellbeing. It is normal for children and young people to show signs of distress. Common reactions include:

  • fear and anxiety
  • anger and frustration
  • confusion
  • sadness
  • denial.

The Department's mental health toolkit for schools provides expert guidance and resources on mental health promotion and support aimed at schools and school communities, health and wellbeing workforces and mental health practitioners.

This includes support specific to coronavirus (COVID-19) including: Mental health support at times of an emergency or natural disaster

For more information and resources to support teaching and learning from home, visit: Learning from home in a school setting

For parent information, resources and support, visit: Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for parents, carers and guardians

Employee assistance program

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to all Department staff – including their immediate families (aged over 18) – to access personalised psychological support via the phone or video conference. Call 1300 361 008. 

Leaders and managers can access EAP's Manager Assist for additional, personalised support, coaching and guidance. Call 1300 361 008.

Find information on the supports and structures available to schools to help implement health and safety guidelines and advice: COVID-19 employee health, safety and wellbeing supports for schools.

Family violence response

Family violence incidents and risk can increase during emergency and traumatic situations.

For information about supporting students, families and staff experiencing family violence visit family violence support.

Support for principal-class employees

Principal health and wellbeing strategy services are available to support leaders of the school community, to protect and enhance their health and wellbeing.

  • Proactive wellbeing supervision (login required) has been extended to include assistant principals during 2020. It will offer coaching for all of the principal-class to be effective wellbeing leaders, and support the health and wellbeing of their school staff within the current context.
  • Principal mentor program will be increasing its capacity to cater for higher demand, which matches current principals with a highly skilled recently retired principal.
  • Early intervention program (login required) will be providing case management and psychological treatment services by phone and video.
  • Principal health checks are now available through your general practitioner (GP).

Employee health, safety and wellbeing supports

For more information on the supports, services and resources available to safeguard the health, safety and wellbeing of staff during coronavirus (COVID-19) visit employee health, safety and wellbeing supports.

School staff can access a virtual gym, with free workouts, recipes and articles.