Social and emotional learning important for teachers and students in schools - 4 March 2016

The Child, Youth and Wellbeing team at the Hunter Institute of Mental Health have been supporting the development of skills to promote social and emotional learning in schools for over 18 years through the Response Ability initiative. 

Mental Health Month 2015 - 6 October 2015

Mental Health Month is a NSW campaign that runs throughout October.

This year’s theme is ‘Value Your Mind’, encouraging all individuals to think about how mental health exists in their daily life and inspiring YOU to make your social and emotional wellbeing a priority in your daily life.

The Response Ability project team have developed a flyer to celebrate and help educators to do a quick assessment of the current balance between mental health, social health and physical health in their lives – all of which help to maintain our overall health.

Click here to open the flyer!

Response Ability at Suicide Prevention Australia Conference - 28 July 2015

Response Ability is attending and presenting at the Suicide Prevention Australia Conference 

Response Ability celebrates 18 years! - 17 July 2015

This year the Response Ability programme is celebrating 18 years of preparing Australia’s future teachers and early childhood educators in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.

Resilience Videos - 6 May 2015

The Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University, have developed a new video series on Resilience.

The three short videos provide an overview of why resilience matters, how it develops, and ways to strengthen it in children. You can access the videos here 

Youth report call to action - 9 December 2014

NATIONAL Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell has officially launched her second Children’s Rights Report as commissioner.

This year the report had a sobering but important focus on the human rights of children and young people up to 18 engaging in intentional self-harm.

To read more on what Dr Gavin Hazel, Response Ability Program Manager, had to say regarding this report click here.

Student lecture - presentation slides available - 6 November 2014

The Response Ability team recently presented a lecture to pre-service teachers. 

HIMH launches new resource for early childhood educators - 28 October 2014

The Hunter Institute of Mental Health (HIMH) has launched Connections, a resource for early childhood educators about children's wellbeing.

Connections is a practical resource that aims to promote positive mental health outcomes for children, by supporting early childhood educators in their reflective practice and professional development. Connections was developed by HIMH, with funding from the Australian Government through the Department of Education.

Connections is currently being distributed to long day care, family day care, preshool and out of school hours care services across Australia. Electronic copies are also available online - visit

Way Ahead Directory - 22 October 2014

The Mental Health Association NSW has released a free Way Ahead Directory of mental health support services online.

Mental Health Month - 22 October 2014

What makes you, YOUnique?

October is NSW Mental Health Month and this year’s theme is ‘beYOUnique!’

As a kick-start, our staff at the Hunter Institute of Mental Health have made a fun short video to inspire you to think about what makes you, YOU!