Mental health training and support

​Early assessment, needs identification and service response plays a key role in reducing the burden of mental illness. Schools see children and young people every day and can play a role in identifying signs of mental health issues, providing early support, and referring students to health services.

To support school communities to effectively identify and intervene early with the mental health needs of children and young people, the Victorian Government has invested significantly in student health and wellbeing initiatives, including improved access to mental health support and a suicide prevention pilot in schools.

A partnership has been established between the Victorian Primary Health Networks (PHNs) and headspace to:

  1. enhance access to mental health support of students in Victorian Government secondary schools
  2. increase support for, and improve response to, mild to moderate mental health concerns through early intervention strategies; and
  3. build the capacity and capability of Government school workforces in Victoria to support students with mental health issues.

Support includes SAFEMinds and Suicide Risk Continuum Training (SRCT), which are comprehensive professional learning packages, available to primary and secondary school staff to increase their foundational knowledge of mental health and emerging concerns, such as anxiety and depression.

About the initiative

The initiative delivers mental health support by offering

  • One on one student counselling sessions for students in Victorian Government secondary schools. These sessions are delivered by headspace and are designed to increase the availability of mental health support for students, improve mental health outcomes and assist students in finding the right support as appropriate.
  • School capacity building and training across Victoria. Training includes SAFEMinds sessions, SAFEMinds train the trainer sessions and suicide risk continuum training (SRCT) sessions offered at no cost to participants.
  • Psychological support sessions for Student Support Services (SSS) staff to promote their own health and wellbeing.

Student counselling

See headspace counselling for secondary school students

School capacity building and training

headspace delivers a suite of mental health training activities to build the capacity and capability of government school workforces to support students with mental health issues.

SAFEMinds – One-day early intervention training for teachers, staff and school leaders with a focus on understanding students' self-harm, anxiety and depression.

Suicide Risk Continuum Training (SRCT) - One-day training for school leaders, wellbeing staff and allied health staff focused on the identification, support and response to self-harm and suicidal behaviour in young people.

Register for SAFEMinds and SRCT training on Eventbrite. Dates, times and locations of the training are listed on Eventbrite.

While school is being delivered in a remote learning environment SAFEMinds and SRCT will be delivered through online webinars.

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SSS psychological support

The psychological support service is a targeted support mechanism for the professional workforce employed within student support services. It aims to enhance staff self-care, wellbeing and stress management.

Psychological support sessions provide Student Support Services (SSS) with a confidential and reflective space focused on supporting their individual wellbeing, self-care, and sustainable engagement in SSS work.

Sessions are strengths based, solution focused and operate within a short term intervention framework, with opportunities during sessions to assess and identify the need for longer term support as required. The service operates during standard business hours.

The psychological support service is complementary workplace support and is not designed to provide mental health treatment, critical incident debriefing, crisis management, or clinical governance/ supervision. Where these concerns or themes are indicated, in session discussion occurs to facilitate appropriate SSS follow up/ referral for the support required.

For more information or to book an appointment, contact headspace at: