Tier 1: Positive Mental Health Promotion
Tier 2: Early Intervention and Cohort Specific Support
Kids Helpline @ High School is an early intervention and prevention program using video conferencing to increase students' mental health literacy and help-seeking behaviours to promote their online safety.
The program is facilitated by qualified counsellors. Sessions are planned in collaboration with teachers, addressing a wide variety of topics including:
• Introduction to Kids Helpline & Help Seeking
• Apps & gaming
• Online Safety
• Being a school leader
• Bullying and cyberbullying, being kind online
• Developing resilience
• Managing emotion
• Balancing your tech time
• Thinking about social media
• Positive online footprints
• Peer Pressure
Kids Helpline @ School sessions are free for primary schools and costed at $550 inc. GST for secondary schools, funded by the Bupa Foundation and supplemented by in-kind contributions from yourtown.
Target population: Secondary school students.
Program adaptability: Sessions are individually tailored in collaboration with teachers (via pre-session consults) to accommodate individual cohort needs, including cultural and language considerations and subject matter adjustments.
Staffing: Time commitments for teachers include booking sessions and participating in 1 x 30-minute pre-session consult per session. The sessions themselves run between 30 and 60 minutes, with both students and teachers present, so backfill is not required.
Training requirements: No training required. Schools will need to provide a working laptop with a webcam, video conferencing software (e.g. Microsoft Teams) and a projector to successfully implement the program.
Factors to consider: Sessions must include at least 3 students.
Australian context: This program has been developed and delivered in Australia.
Strength of Evidence
Level 3: Foundational and emerging evidence for program
• Increase students' mental health literacy, digital citizenship, and help-seeking behaviours
• Promote online safety and general wellbeing