Mental health focus

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
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Busselton Senior High School Mental Health Leadership Team Lea Goddard, Acting Principle david Gault and Youth Pathways Co-ordinator Dee Shade
Camera IconBusselton Senior High School Mental Health Leadership Team Lea Goddard, Acting Principle david Gault and Youth Pathways Co-ordinator Dee Shade Credit: Jackson Lavell-Lee/Jackson Lavell-Lee

Busselton Senior High School introduced a mental health committee last week to promote a positive environment for students and staff.

The Mental Health and Well-being Leadership Team are analysing evidence-based research to help students “thrive” and comfortably discuss their mental health.

Busselton Senior High School acting principal David Gault said the committee would “tie tog-ether” other initiatives highlighting mental health such as R U Ok day, the Colour Run and Cycle of Change. He said the grand plan would see committee leaders interact with students both individually and in groups to help those at risk to seek professional help or prevent issues from escalating.

“We are doing the research about what is the best practice to help students by elevating to the next level of positive behaviour support,” he said.

“We figure if kids are positive and open with their mental health, then that will have a flow-on effect to teachers.”

During a recent visit to the school, Premier Mark McGowan was asked about preventative measures for mental health issues in schools, which 2019 school captains Bella Lange and Tyler Torrent had identified as the leading issue for students.

Youth Pathways co-ordinator Dee Shade said the school was excited to initiate a program that would help students exhibiting isolating or depressive behaviours.

“It’s about working together to promote being mentally healthy by using positive language,” she said. “We are looking at further staff training to pinpoint particular areas that may help students reach out about their mental health.”

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