What Matter’s – Positive Mental Health
Mount Barker Community College has a “What Matters – Positive Mental Health” focus to address mental Health and Well Being in the college through prevention, promotion and early intervention.
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Act-Belong-Commit Award Winner 2013
Primary School Winner: Mount Barker Community College
Mount Barker Community College in the Great Southern is the winner of the Primary School Category.
The School has implemented the KidsMatter Framework from kindergarten to year 6; fostering a positive learning environment for students addressing mental health and well-being.
Recognising that teachers play an important role in promoting health and wellbeing the school focuses on staff professional development so that they are able to identify risk factors in students and promote good mental health practices in the classroom.
The school has also embedded mental health literacy into the curriculum by using a number of evidence-based programs in the classroom.
Additionally the school has a Youth Empowerment Process (YEP) program that involves training a group of youth mentors who work with younger students, providing them with the opportunity to connect and engage in activities designed to promote positive mental health.