• Social and emotional learning important for teachers and students in schools

    Friday, 4 March 2016

    teacher newsThe 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. 

    The importance of social and emotional learning in schools is gaining widespread interest and has recently been highlighted in the latest edition of Teacher magazine.
     
    In a study of over 1,200 teachers, attitudes towards teaching and supporting social and emotional learning in both students and teachers were found to be positively associated with teacher wellbeing and job satisfaction. Importantly, the level of school-wide support a teacher has for educating students on social and emotional learning has been shown to be a critical factor in their levels of stress at work. 

    Response Ability is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health that aims to promote social and emotional wellbeing through pre-service training of school teachers and early childhood educators. Implemented by the Hunter Institute of Mental Health, Response Ability offers free evidence-based resources to Australian tertiary institutions and Registered Training Organisations. 

    There are many free podcasts and factsheets available online to help promote positive social and emotional learning in both students and teachers including:

    We encourage teachers to take a look and share resources with their colleagues. For more information visit www.responseability.org  

    Reference: Collie, R.J., Shapka, J.D., Perry, N.E., & Martin, A.J. (2015). Teachers’ beliefs about social-emotional learning: Identifying teacher profiles and their relations with job stress and satisfaction. Learning and Instruction, 39, 148-157. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.learninstruc.2015.06.002. 
  • Minister recognises 18 year milestone of two innovative Hunter Institute of Mental Health programs

    Wednesday, 10 February 2016

    HIMH Putting Prevention First logoMinister for Health, The Hon Sussan Ley MP has acknowledged Hunter Institute of Mental Health’s 18 year milestone running two Commonwealth funded programs.

    For almost two decades, the Hunter Institute has been managing the Response Ability Teacher Education and Mindframe National Media Initiative programs.

    Both projects work with tertiary educators focusing on the pre-service (university) training of professionals that have a role in suicide prevention and mental health, with funding from the Department of Health.

    Hunter Institute Director Jaelea Skehan says the organisation is proud of the work it has done in developing these internationally innovative programs and the impact that they have had on our communities. 

    “We know from research that investing in the promotion of mental health and wellbeing and prevention of mental ill-health leads not only to a more efficient use of mental health resources, it has a flow-on effect to a range of other health and community outcomes.  

    “Both Response Ability and Mindframe have been instrumental in building the capacity of future teachers and media practitioners so that their professions can influence mental health promotion and suicide and mental ill-health prevention," she said.

    Jaelea explained that if we want to achieve better outcomes for children, young people, families and communities, we must continue to aim higher and work collaboratively across sectors. 

    "The Hunter Institute has worked closely with teacher educators, journalism educators, other academics and industry people in developing and managing these programs.

    "We'd like to thank those who have given their support to the programs over the last 18 years, and acknowledge the considerable contribution they have made,” added Ms Skehan.

    To view the message from the Hon Sussan Ley MP, please visit the Hunter Institute of Mental Health website.

     

    HIMH timeline 

    Hunter Institute of Mental Health timeline infographic of key milestones.

  • Mental Health Month 2015

    Tuesday, 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

    Tuesday, 28 July 2015

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

    You can download our poster presentation: Changing pre-service teacher training to change young people's lives: The Response Ability programme here

    We also have a new fact sheet Suicide available at www.responseability.org/suicide

     

  • Response Ability celebrates 18 years!

    Friday, 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.

    Today Response Ability is launched two new resources. To access these resources please click on the links below:

    University Resource – a video lecture on Promoting student resilience and wellbeing, and responding to mental health needs: www.responseability.org/universitylecture

    VET Resource – a video package on Brain development for wellbeing: www.responseability.org/VETlecture

     

    Gail and crowd  UoN and RA staff
     

  • Resilience Videos

    Wednesday, 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

    Tuesday, 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

    Thursday, 6 November 2014

    The Response Ability team recently presented a lecture titled 'Promoting student resilience and wellbeing/ responding to mental health needs' to pre-service teachers.  You can download a copy of the presentation slides here
  • HIMH launches new resource for early childhood educators

    Tuesday, 28 October 2014

    CONNECTIONS: A RESOURCE FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS ABOUT CHILDREN'S WELLBEING

    Connections is a resource for educators who work with children (birth to eight years) in a range of settings, inlcluding long day care, family day care, preshool and out of school hours care. It has been developed in consultation with early childhood educators across Australia. The resource outlines the skills and practices associated with positive mental health and wellbeing for children, and provides practical examples and tips to help educators adapt these ideas to fit into their services.

    Positive social and emotional development in early childhood is important for the wellbeing of babies and young children and can also lead to lasting benefits for their future. The relationships and experiences we have as a baby or child, and the environments in which we live and learn, shape our brain development. This is important for people's physical health, mental health, relationships and their success at school or work.

    You can find out more information, including the research behind Connections by visiting www.himh.org.au/connections.

  • Way Ahead Directory

    Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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

    This is a unique directory of mental health support services in NSW. There is also other information including fact sheets and explanations of common jargon. The Mental Health Association NSW hope the Way Ahead Directory will help people to find their way through the complex system of services to the right support they need. 

    You can find the directory at www.wayahead.org.au

  • Mental Health Month

    Wednesday, 22 October 2014

    What makes you, YOUnique?

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

     Accepting ourselves and others, and celebrating our strengths and differences is important for everyone. It is about embracing what make...s us YOUnique.

    ‘beYOUnique’ encourages us all to consider our strengths and challenges, and nurture our own unique worth. We should also support the people in our lives and our communities to celebrate their own strengths and differences.

    Today, and every day, take the time to celebrate what makes you YOUnique and appreciate the individual qualities you possess that make you who you are- just be yourself.

    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!

    Share this video and encourage your friends and loved ones to celebrate what makes them special.

    Watch here: https://vimeo.com/109088445

  • Response Ability Wins Award

    Tuesday, 30 September 2014

    Today, the Hunter Institute of Mental Health will be presented with the Mental Health Matters, Mental Health Promotion & Wellbeing Award for their Response Ability program, which supports the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people through developing the skills of future teachers and early childhood educators. 

    The award will be accepted by Hunter Institute Director, Jaelea Skehan and members of the project team at an awards ceremony officiated by the Hon. Jai Rowell MP at NSW Parliament House.

    Director of the Hunter Institute of Mental Health, Jaelea Skehan, said that building the capacity of teachers and others who interact with young people is key to getting better mental health outcomes locally and nationally.

    "To realise a vision where we have less people affected by mental ill-health we need to build the capacity of a range of sectors and professionals, including teachers and early childhood educators. Focusing on the pre-service training of teachers and educators through relevant Univeristy and VET programs is critical."

    The Response Ability program has delivered education and training to over 250,000 secondary, primary and early childhood school teachers and over 150,000 early childhood educators that are employed in Australia.

    The award is being presented as part of the Mental Health Matters Awards, coordinated by the Mental Health Association of New South Wales. The awards recognise and reward the achievements of individuals and organisations who have worked to improve understanding, awareness, service provision and the general mental health of our communities in NSW over the previous twelve months. For further information about the Awards - click here.

  • NEW Podcasts

    Wednesday, 10 September 2014

    The Response Ability team is pleased to announce the addition of podcasts to the Response Ability website.


    The podcasts cover a range of key issues in mental health promotion and mental ill-health prevention such as:

    • Anxiety and anxiety disorders
    • Looking after yourself and others
    • Promoting resilience and wellbeing
    • Risk and protective factors
    • And more….

    They can be accessed via the ‘Guides and Podcasts’ tab or by clicking here.

  • ECA Conference 2014

    Tuesday, 9 September 2014

    Staff from the Response Ability program presented at the ECA 2014 Conference 4-7 September, in Melbourne.

    Our presentations focused on Leadership for children's social and emotional wellbeing; and a poster outlining the CHILD framework.

    Check out the About Us tab on this website, to access copies of the presentation and poster.

    Staff were impressed at the diversity of the conference - presentations ranged from educator mental health, early childhood development, the importance of leadership, and the impact of the Productivity Commission Inquiry.

    Contact us at hnelhd-education@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au if you would like further information.

  • Ministerial Advisory Council for Child Care and Early Learning

    Monday, 4 August 2014

    To learn more about the Council follow this link: http://education.gov.au/ministerial-advisory-council-child-care-and-early-learning 

  • Childcare and Early Learning Productivity Commission Draft Report

    Monday, 4 August 2014

    This public inquiry is looking into future options for childcare and early childhood learning, with a focus on developing a system that supports workforce participation and addresses children's learning and development needs

    Interested parties are invited to make a submission in response to the draft report. Submissions close Friday 5th September 2014.

    You can find out more information about the draft report and the submission process here: http://www.pc.gov.au/projects/inquiry/childcare 

  • NEW COPMI Resources

    Monday, 21 July 2014

    Approximately 1 in 4 children live in a family where a parent has a mental illness. The Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) national initiative has developed new fact sheets tailored to parents, teenagers, professionals and schools regarding how to enhance help-seeking skills in youth. 


    In this context help-seeking is a broad term and includes all the kinds of support a teenager may need in relation to their parent’s mental illness. For example, emotional support to develop coping skills and resilience, extra support at school, information about mental illness and the symptoms experienced by their parent as well as help for their own mental health concerns, if any. The fact sheets cover barriers to help-seeking, how to encourage help seeking, relevant telephone numbers, websites and support people for a range of issues, and more.
    Accessing appropriate support can improve the wellbeing of these children and young people and reduce the chance of them developing mental health problems.

    For professionals go to: Helping teenagers find the support they need

    For secondary schools go to: Helping teenagers find the help they need 

    For more information and to check out the fact sheets go to www.copmi.net.au

  • Children with a Disability Australia - Issues papers

    Wednesday, 9 July 2014

    Children with Disability Australia (CDA) is the national peak body which represents children and young people (aged 0-25) with disability. CDA is a not for profit, community based organisation that was officially incorporated as a company limited by guarantee in Nober 2009.

    Children with Disability Australia has published several issues papers providing in depth review and analysis of specific issues relevant to children and young people with disability. Electronic copies of these reports are available on the below or you can request a hard copy can by contacting the CDA office.

    Issues Paper

    CDA Contact details are -

    3/173 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill VIC 3068
    PO Box 172 Clifton Hill VIC 3068

    Phone: 03 9482 1130 or 1800 222 660 (Regional or Interstate Calls)
    Fax: 03 9482 7833
    Email: info@cda.org.au

  • New anxiety fact sheet available

    Thursday, 3 July 2014

    Response Ability has a new fact sheet available on Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders.

    Download this fact sheet here or go to our fact sheets page.

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    Look at our fact sheet page to see our full list of Response Ability fact sheets.

     

     

     

     

  • Response Ability at ATEA

    Friday, 27 June 2014

    Two members of the Response Ability team are attending and presenting at the annual Australian Teacher Education Association conference in North Sydney on the 8th and 9th of July.

    Response Ability has 3 presentations on the last day of the conference so keep an eye out for us.

    See our conferences page to download the presentations. Conferences

    If you would like to arrange a catch up with the project team please get in contact with us by emailing us at education@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au

    For more information on the ATEA conference click here.

  • Positive Schools Conference

    Wednesday, 28 May 2014

    The Response Ability team is attending the Positive Schools Conference in Melbourne on the 5th of 6th of June 2014.

    If you would like to get in contact with the project team please email education@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au

    Positive Schools Conference 2014 webiste - http://www.positiveschools.com.au/

     

  • Update your contact details

    Wednesday, 7 May 2014

    Response Ability has teamed up with the Hunter Institute of Mental Health’s annual high school drama competition MindPlay to bring you a fresh and engaging way to introduce and explore concepts relating to social and emotional wellbeing in your pre-service teacher education courses.

    This new resource consists of:

    • An Australian 15-minute drama piece titled Deep Breaths which explores the themes of     resilience, anxiety and grief and loss;
    • Detailed lecturer notes, student activities and suggested answers;
    • Essential skills for teachers for professional communication regarding mental ill-health. 

    This FREE resource is available to all lecturers and course coordinators in universities across Australia for use in pre-service teacher education courses.

    If you would like a copy of this resource, available in June 2014, please keep us up to date with your contact details by clicking here.

  • The IPSP online library is now live.

    Tuesday, 29 April 2014

    The Inclusion and Professional Support Program has provided funding to develop an online library that provides up-to-date, high quality, nationally relevant resources for the child care and early learning sector.

    Stage one of the library has been released and future upgrades will include:

    1. in-service training materials (manuals, training and audio-visual material and on-line modules);
    2. fact sheets, pamphlets and newsletters;
    3. journals and professional literature; and;
    4. resources that support quality programmes, cultural inclusion and bilingual education for educators and children.

    Click here to access the library. www.pscalliance.org.au/

  • No 2 bullying conference 2014

    Monday, 7 April 2014

    Senior Project Officer, Sarah Hiles from the Response Ability team is presenting a poster at the No 2 bullying conference today in Surfers Paradise. The poster is titled 'pre-service teacher training lays the foundation for prevention and management of bullying in schools'.

    To view or download this poster click here.

    For more information contact the project team on 02) 49246900 or email education@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au

    To see the conference program click here.

     

  • Are you looking after your wellbeing?

    Thursday, 6 March 2014

    The Response Ability team has written a fact sheet on looking after your wellbeing, specifically aimed at the tertiary education sector.  This fact sheet has good tips and information that is relevant to everyone in the workplace. 

    Read the fact sheet here. Looking after your wellbeing.

  • Kind act cards

    Tuesday, 4 February 2014

    In recognition of Mental Health Month, the Response Ability team created a poster called Little acts, big impacts. It celebrates the idea of planning to do something kind today, which will spread kindness to others.

    To accompany the poster, we created a sheet of kind act’ cards. We encourage people to take a card, to remind them to act in kind ways, and then share the cards with others.

    If you would like to print copies of this poster and the kind act cards, click here. 

  • See Liz Kemp's presentation here

    Friday, 1 November 2013

    Download a copy of Liz Kemp's presentation from the Infant & Early Childhood Social & Emotional Wellbeing Conference in Canberra.

    Using the evidence base to effectively support the social and emotional wellbeing of infants and young children.

    More information of the CHILD Framework can be found here - CHILD Framework.

    Want to learn more about the evidence base? Download Mental Health Promotion and Early Intervention in Early Childhood and Primary Settings here.

    Kay-Lambkin, F., Kemp, E., Stafford, K. and Hazell, T. (2007). Mental Health Promotion and Early Intervention in Early Childhood and Primary Settings: A Review.  Journal of Student Wellbeing, 1: 31-56.

    If you would like more information about Response Ability or the CHILD Framework contact us on education@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au or 02 4924 6900.

     

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  • Supporting families affected by bush fires

    Tuesday, 22 October 2013

    Children react in different ways to tragic events like bush fires. The attached case study shows how trauma has hit Chloe’s family.  Some children show clearly that they are upset and need additional support. Others seem okay for a while but their behaviour may change later.

    Events like bush fires can have a big impact on mental health and wellbeing.  The way we support children and families under stress can make a real difference.   With the right care and support, children can recover quickly and may have few long-term problems as a result of their experience.

    Read Tough Times. Supporting Children and Families here.

     

    For more information visit www.himh.org.au/foundations, or contact the Child and Youth Project Team at himh@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au or on (02) 4924 6900.

     

     

  • Celebrating Mental Health Month

    Monday, 14 October 2013

    October is Mental Health Month. It is a great time to reflect on ourselves and recognise how important it is to take care of our own mental health as well as supporting others to look after theirs.

    Whilst we value the work that we do with you in the community, it is important for everyone take a step back from their job and do something to nurture their own wellbeing. Not only today, but every day of the year. 

    This year the WMHD campaign is encouraging people to take personal ownership of their own mental health and wellbeing.

    Make sure that you take time out for yourself today and reflect on what mental health means to you. Do something special by taking a break and doing an activity that you enjoy. You deserve it!

    To kick-start your inspiration, staff at the Hunter Institute of Mental Health have made a fun short video to motivate you to think about what you  can do to support your mental health.

    Watch here.

     

  • Mental Health Month poster

    Tuesday, 8 October 2013

    October is Mental Health Month

    Mental Health Month encourages everyone to focus on their mental health and wellbeing. It’s important to look after ourselves and each other and to treat each other the way that we would like to be treated.

    The Response Ability team has created a poster called Little acts, big impacts. It celebrates the idea of planning to do something kind today, which will spread kindness to others.

    To accompany the poster, we have created a sheet of ‘kind act’ cards. We encourage you to take a card and share it with others.

    If you wish to print more copies of the poster or the kind act cards, you will find PDFs of each here.

  • October is Mental Health month

    Tuesday, 1 October 2013

    Just like your physical health and fitness, your mental health is worth taking care of and improving. This is true for everyone, regardless of whether they have or have not experienced mental illness.

    Mental Health Month encourages everyone to think about their mental health and wellbeing. It’s an opportunity to take a look at how we are feeling and focus on some of the things that can help us improve or maintain our mental health and wellbeing.

    It’s important to look after ourselves and each other and to treat each other the way that we would like to be treated. That’s why the theme for Mental Health Month this year is ‘Kindness: little acts, big impacts!’

    For information on how to find help, call the Mental Health Information Service on 1300 794 991 or the NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511 .

    For more information on Mental Health month see www.mentalhealth.asn.au

     

    Mental Health Month 2013


  • Make your conversations count

    Thursday, 22 August 2013

    September 12 is national R U OK? Day


    This day of action is dedicated to reminding us to regularly ask family and friends ‘are you ok?’ to support anyone who might be struggling in their lives, and to inspire meaningful and regular conversations.
    Starting a regular conversation with someone can make them feel valued and supported and give them the chance to talk to someone about any problems they are facing. Research also links supportive social relationships and a sense of connection with protective factors in suicide prevention.


    What can you do?

    Host an event at your workplace, school, TAFE or university. Click here for full details on the range of activities you can do to be involved. 
    https://www.ruokday.com/get-involved-sept-12th/

     

    R U OK? at School

    A range of school resources have been designed for students aged 14-18 years. These include videos, lesson plans, worksheets and fun activities. The resources aim to encourage and empower all students to ask 'are you ok?' regularly and meaningfully to support anyone struggling with life.
    For more info on getting involved in R U OK? at school click on this link:
    https://www.ruokday.com/resources-for-you/r-u-ok-at-school/

     

    R U OK? at Uni

    Acknowledging that universities are busy places, the team at R U OK? have put together suggestions for hosting an R U OK? event, reminding TAFE and uni students, lecturers and staff the importance of making time to regularly and meaningfully connect throughout the year.
    Resources include posters, presentations, media packs and event ideas. Click on this link for more details:
    https://www.ruokday.com/resources-for-you/r-u-ok-at-uni/

  • Vet Bits: Issue 3

    Monday, 29 July 2013

    VET Bits has been developed specifically for educators working in the Vocational Education and Training Children’s Services sector.

    VET Bits will be circulated bimonthly via email, with copies to be available on the Response Ability website also.

    We hope that you find Response Ability's new resource to be useful to both you and your students. Please feel free to share any feedback on the resources with the project team via email.

    Contact us on education@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au

    VET Bits

     

  • Building Resilience in Teacher Education

    Monday, 22 July 2013

    Building on the previous ALTC project, Keeping Cool, the BRiTE project has been inspired by the demonstrated desire for resilience resources on the keepingcool.edu.au website, along with recent changes to accreditation requirements in teacher education and a national focus on teacher quality.

    To learn more about BRiTE click here.

    To learn more about Keeping Cool Click here.

    Go to the Building Resilience in Teacher Education website - www.keepingcool.edu.au

  • ATEA 2013

    Tuesday, 16 July 2013

    ATEA Conference 2013

    Response Ability Senior Project Officer, Liz Kemp, attended and presented at the recent Australia Teacher Education Association (ATEA) Conference.  You can download a copy of the presentation by clicking of the link below.

    From evidence to practice and the crucial period in between: Mental health promotion, mental ill-health prevention, early intervention and suicide prevention in pre-service teacher training is vital to ensure a skilled workforce.

     

  • Supporting Young Minds

    Wednesday, 26 June 2013

    The importance of supporting young minds was highlighted at a recent conference in Sydney by key presenters including His holiness the Dalai Lama, Professor Carla Rinaldi, Professor Carol Dweck and swimming champion Matthew Cowdrey to name a few. The theme of this year’s Young Minds conference was ‘How do we grow a good person?’

    Stand out messages from the conference included the importance of providing opportunities for secular ethics to be taught, teaching within a growth mindset, supporting a curious mind and building self-respect among children and young people.

    For more information about the conference and its speakers visit www.youngminds.org.au Response Ability is an endorsing body of the conference and has resources to help teachers and educators in their important role in supporting young minds. For resources about wellbeing and resilience please refer to Response Ability’s new factsheets.

    It is also important that teachers and educators look after their own wellbeing. For some helpful tips about self-care click here.

    Photograph Copyright Brendan Read.

    Dalai Lama

  • ** NEW VET Newsletter

    Wednesday, 12 June 2013

    Response Ability has a new e-newsletter called VET Bits.

    VET Bits has been developed specifically for educators working in the Vocational Education and Training Children’s Services sector.

    VET Bits will be circulated bimonthly via email, with copies to be available on the Response Ability website also.

    We hope that you find Response Ability's new resource to be useful to both you and your students. Please feel free to share any feedback on the resources with the project team via return email.

    Contact us at education@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au 

    VET Newsletter

     

    VET Bits Issue One

  • Follow HIMH on facebook and twitter

    Friday, 24 May 2013

    About us: The Hunter Institute of Mental Health was established locally in Newcastle NSW in 1992 and now works nationally to promote mental health and wellbeing, prevent mental illness and prevent suicide and its impacts.

    Mission: Mental health for the whole community, including those affected directly or indirectly by mental illness and suicide.

    How we work: We have a highly motivated multi-disciplinary team that provides professional, flexible, evidence-based services by working in partnership with individuals, organisations and communities.

    Programs include: Mindframe National Media Initiative; Response Ability Program; Partners in Depression; Child Illness and Resilience Program (CHiRP); Community Guidelines for Discussing Suicide; Working Well: Mining and Mental Health'; Youth Rockin' the Black Dog; MindPlay; and many more.

    Follow us on twitter www.twitter.com/HInstMH or facebook www.facebook.com/HInstMH

  • Are we doing enough for the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people?

    Friday, 5 April 2013

    On Thursday 4 April 2013, the Minister for Early Childhood, Peter Garrett, released the 2012 Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) data collected on 289,973 children in their first year of formal full-time school.
    The AEDI measures childhood development across five domains: physical health and wellbeing, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills, and communication skills and general knowledge. For more information about the latest data, visit the website www.rch.org.au/aedi/.

    The latest AEDI data set suggests that there is a lower proportion of children who are developmentally vulnerable across the five development domains compared to the 2009 data. Physical health and wellbeing is the only development domain that remains consistent with 2009 data.

    “While this is a positive outcome for Australia’s children, families, communities and governments, more should be done to strengthen the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people” said Jaelea Skehan, Acting Director, Hunter Institute of Mental Health.

    “Too often we focus our national attention on treating ill-health, including mental ill-health, rather than focussing on building wellbeing and resilience.  We know that a healthy start to life is important for health and wellbeing in later life” said Ms Skehan.

    “The Hunter Institute of Mental Health has a 15 year history of working locally and nationally to improve mental health outcomes for all children and young people. But, at times it can be difficult to get funding commitment to longer-term mental health promotion programs, where the benefits are perhaps not seen for years.”


    Current programs at the Hunter Institute of Mental Health focusing on the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people, includes:

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  • Looking for Journalism and PR material?

    Tuesday, 2 April 2013

    The resources for both journalism and public relations are now provided online. Click here to see the new Mindframe website.

    Access to the secure lecturers section of the site as well as audio-visual resources to support the package are available free of charge to all universities offering relevant programs. 

     

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  • Educator's Guide now available for Children's Services students

    Wednesday, 20 March 2013

    Social and Emotional Wellbeing: A Guide for Children's Services Educators

    The Response Ability team has developed a resource to support children’s services students undertaking the CHC08 Children’s Services courses through Vocational Education and Training. The Educator’s Guide provides a useful summary of how children’s services students can support children’s mental health and wellbeing in their future professional careers as children’s services staff. 
     
    The Educator’s Guide includes an evidence-based framework, CHILD, which summarises the practical strategies that children’s services staff can use to support children’s optimal social and emotional development and wellbeing. There is also an easy acronym based framework to help staff if they become concerned about a child’s emotional, behavioural or mental health.
     
    To download your copy of this resource go to the Guides and Fact Sheets page on our website.

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  • Young Minds Conference in Sydney

    Wednesday, 20 March 2013

    Young Minds is an exciting new initiative from the producers of the hugely popular Happiness & Its Causes and Mind & Its Potential conference series.

    Featuring special guest His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Young Minds 2013 is an exciting forum exploring the vital issues facing our youth today. Be engaged and motivated by a summit of 40+ leading thinkers.

    Keynotes include Professor Carol Dweck, USA, leading psychologist and researcher in the field of motivation, Dr Wendy Mogel, USA, acclaimed clinical psychologist, parenting expert and best-selling author, Professor Carla Rinaldi, Italy, internationally renowned advocate for children and childhood, Mia Freedman, editor and publisher of mamamia.com.au and Matthew Cowdrey, Australia’s most successful Paralympian.

    Register here

  • New report to guide wellbeing in the early years

    Friday, 15 March 2013

    A unique report on children’s mental health and wellbeing competencies for the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) workforce has recently been released.

    The landmark report was developed through a partnership between the Hunter Institute of Mental Health and the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council, with funding from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).

    To download the full report click here.

    To download the media release click here.

     

    For more information contact:

    Ellen Newman
    Hunter Institute of Mental Health
    ellen.newman@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au

    02 4924 6900

  • The Hunter Institute of Mental Health has a new website

    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    The Hunter Institute of Mental Health has a new website! Same address, new site. Please have a look and bookmark it.

    Hunter Institute of Mental Health