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.

The Victorian Government has invested $217.8 million over four years to support student mental health and wellbeing, including $200 million to create a Schools Mental Health Fund and Menu. The interim Menu is now available and provides schools with opportunities to purchase support for initiatives that promote mental health and wellbeing. An expression of interest (EOI) process will run in 2022 for the Full Menu. Providers across the student mental health and wellbeing sector can apply. Register your interest.

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 each of the topics below.

A Quick Guide to Student Mental Health and Wellbeing resources is also 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