Student Wellbeing - High School


What is MindMatters?

The mental health of students affects all aspects of the school community – from student engagement and academic achievement, to social adjustment and staff morale. Schools that promote a positive environment perform better and build a strong community connection. The mental health of all students is a key foundation for school success.

MindMatters is a mental health initiative for secondary schools that aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people. It is a ‘framework’, in that it provides structure, guidance and support while enabling schools to build their own mental health strategy to suit their unique circumstances. All content has been informed by strong evidence in the area of school mental health and wellbeing. The use of MindMatters’ comprehensive resources has mental health benefits for the entire school community – including students, families and school staff.

MindMatters draws on the resources and expertise of many organisations from across the not-for-profit, academic, government and corporate sectors. The following organisations work together with MindMatters to research, develop, promote, roll-out and evaluate services to improve mental health and wellbeing for young people in secondary schools across Australia:

  • · Beyond Blue
  • · Headspace
    · Australian Psychological Society
    · Orygen – The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
    · by Inspire Foundation
    · Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre
    · Principals Australia Institute
    · Australian Government Department of Health


 How does MindMatters work?

MindMatters is based on the principle that the best mental health strategy is one that prevents issues from arising in the first place. For this reason MindMatters helps schools promote positive mental health through the whole school community, and aims to prevent mental health difficulties in students by taking steps to improve relationships and resilience.

Promotion, prevention and early intervention are central tenets of the MindMatters approach.

MindMatters Technology Toolbox - A Resource for Students, Parents & Carers


Young people today are used to getting information from the internet about things that matter to them. When it comes to mental health and wellbeing, they may need some guidance to find the most appropriate resources, which could include:

  • • information and fact sheets on topics that can be tricky to ask school staff or adults about
  • • online courses to manage challenges such as anxiety or depression
  • • tips to improve or manage relationships


Youth beyondblue 
Information, resources and support for young people dealing with depression, anxiety and suicide. (beyondblue)

Brave Program 
Online Program for young people (and their parents) experiencing anxiety. (University of Queensland)

Online information helping young people with everyday questions through to tough times. (ReachOut)

Take a stand together – Bullying. No Way! 
Tailored online information for students on bullying. (Department of Education)

Youth Programs 
A range of online resources and programs designed to promote mental health and the wellbeing of young people. (Black Dog Institute)

Butterfly Foundation 
Butterfly Foundation represents all people affected by eating disorders and negative body image. Their website provides a range of supportive information, including face-to-face counselling (Butterfly Foundation For Eating Disorders)

mindhealthconnect aggregates mental health resources and content from leading health-focused organistaions in Australia. It provides resources including online programs, fact sheets, audio and video, and online communities (healthdirect Australia)

Referrals and Support
A collection of information and links to a range of supportive material and further assistance for young people dealing with mental health difficulties. ( by Inspire Foundation)


Young people can help themselves get through some of the tough times in adolescence by learning and practising useful skills and habits. There’s a wide range of apps out there that can help build these positive approaches by helping young people to:

  • • develop resilience and coping skills
  • • track and manage their mood and thoughts
  • • improve their learning and communication skills
  • • track physical health, including sleep, movement and nutrition


Reachout Toolbox
A collection of endorsed health and wellbeing apps such as ReachOut Recharge, ReachOut WorryTime and ReachOut Breathe. (ReachOut)

Smiling Mind
A modern meditation for young people. It is a unique web and app-based program, designed to help bring balance to young lives.

An online program that helps young people and adults learn about cognitive behaviour therapy skills for preventing and coping with depression. (Australian National University)

Breakup Shakeup
An app that provides ideas for fun, easy things to do to help young people cope after a breakup. (Young and Well CRC)


Online communication tools such as blogs, forums and social media can build powerful protective factors for young people. Skills and knowledge using the internet to communicate are important in today’s world and can help young people to:

  • • connect with likeminded peers and communities
  • • seek and access professional and peer support
  • • have a way to say what they're thinking and have their voice be heard
  • • organise and plan face-to-face communication


Reachout Forums
Moderated peer-support community for young people 14-25 on mental health and wellbeing topics. (ReachOut)

Online and telephone support for young people aged 12-25 years and their families. (headspace)

The Check-in app
Helps young people to help take the fear out of having a conversation with a friend who might be struggling. (beyondblue)

Appreciate a Mate
Instantly generate messages of appreciation. Makes it easy for young people to share Positivity online. (Young and Well CRC)

Kids Helpline
Kid’s Helpline is Australia’s only free, private and confidential telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 – 25 years of age. (1800551800)