The Victorian government has invested $217.8 million over four years to support student mental health and wellbeing, including $200 million over four years and $86.9 million ongoing to create a Schools Mental Health Fund (the Fund). Underpinning the Fund is the evidence-based Menu (the Menu).
The Menu is a list of evidence-based programs and initiatives across the three tiers of intervention designed to give schools confidence in identifying programs, staff and resources that will improve mental health and wellbeing outcomes for their students. An interim Menu has been developed to support the initial 2022 cohort of rural and regional schools.
Interim Menu items have been externally assessed for how well they support student mental health and wellbeing, ensuring schools have access to a range of supports to meet their needs.
Tier 1: Positive mental health promotion – Universal interventions to help schools to create a positive, inclusive and supporting school climate, building the preconditions for optimal student learning, development and wellbeing.
Tier 2: Early intervention / cohort specific – Early interventions and those for specific cohorts of students complement universal interventions and provide essential additional support for students with specific needs or vulnerabilities.
Tier 3: Targeted support – Interventions for individuals or small groups of students requiring intensive tailored mental health support to engage positively in education.
Further information for schools on the Fund and Menu is available on the schools
Policy and Advisory Library (PAL).
How to be included on the Menu
The department is in the process of developing a full version of the Menu, which will be available to schools by September 2022.
Providers from across the student mental health and wellbeing sector were invited to submit an Offer to the Invitation to Supply, which opened on Monday 28 March and closed 2 pm Thursday 19 May 2022.
Further information will be provided later in 2022.