Schools play a key role in providing a positive and inclusive learning environment for all students and can equip young people with the personal skills to support their mental health and wellbeing.

Schools see children and young people every day and can also play a role in identifying signs of mental health issues, providing early support, and referring students to health services.

To support school communities achieve this, the Mental Health Toolkit 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.

It draws from existing Department resources, guidance and programs and leverages expert external advice on promoting and supporting mental health in schools. Guidance can be found on the following topics.

A Quick Guide to Student Mental Health and Wellbeing resources is available for schools, students, parents and carers looking to access expert guidance and resources to support wellbeing in one place. The quick guide includes resources and supports:

  • for schools, to promote student mental health and wellbeing, provide early support and refer students to the right services
  • for students, to help them look after their own health and wellbeing
  • for parents and carers, to help them support and build their child's physical and mental health and wellbeing. 

Promoting mental health and wellbeing in your school

Mental health is a state of wellbeing where people can meet their learning potential, cope with normal stresses, and are connected to community and their friends.

Mental health support at times of an emergency or natural disaster

Resources for schools about mental health support for students and staff impacted by an emergency, such as novel coronavirus, or natural disasters.

Mental health support in primary schools

The Victorian Government is committed to supporting every school to provide a positive and nurturing environment for our children to develop confidence, social skills and healthy life habits.

Mental health practitioners in secondary schools

Every Victorian Government secondary school campus will have a suitably qualified mental health practitioner by 2022.

headspace counselling for secondary students

Secondary students of Victorian Government schools can access to face-to-face and telephone counselling services from headspace.

Early intervention in youth mental health

A practical guide to early intervention in youth mental health for teachers, school staff and other supports who work with students in a school setting.

Suicide prevention and response

Schools play a key role in promoting positive mental health, and for early intervention when students display signs of deteriorating mental health.

Mental health training and support

A range of training and support programs are available for school and student support services (SSS) staff to build capacity, increase foundational knowledge and improve personal wellbeing