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Demonstration schools

Schools were invited to participate in an action research project designed to determine the key factors in addressing the needs of students with high support needs in the area of mental health.

ACT
Melba High School, Canberra

NSW
Liverpool Girls' High School, Liverpool
Narara Valley High School, Narara Valley
Walcha Central School, Walcha

NT
Taminmin High School, NT

QLD
Coombabah State High School, Gold Coast
St Mary's College, Dalby
Trinity Bay State High School, Cairns, Qld

SA
Fremont-Elizabeth City High School, Elizabeth
Open Access College, Adelaide
Woodcroft College, Morphett Vale

TAS
St Michael's Collegiate School, Hobart

VIC
Berengarra School
Lavalla Catholic College, Latrobe Valley
Mill Park Secondary College, Mill Park
Whitefriars College

WA
Girrawheen Senior High School

Complementary, supportive education initiatives

It is important to recognise that all schools support young peoples' social, emotional and physical health by providing safe and supportive teaching and learning environments. Some particula education initiatives make a substantial contribution to the promotion of mental health, and coordinate well with health promotion programs. These include:

Specific curriculum initiativesProvide student centred and real life learning, increase student engagement in learning
Pastoral careMonitor individual wellbeing through positive staff/student relationships
Middle schoolingCreate smaller learning communities and increase opportunities for positive staff/student interactions and relationships
Vocational educationEnhance school to work transitions
Referral proceduresEnsure that students get the support that they need
Specific school initiativesAddress particular issues such as bullying and diversity
Mentoring programmesSupport peer relationships on an individual basis
Drug educationFacilitate a whole school approach to understanding and response
Transition processesProvide a safe. structured introduction to a new school or from school
Gender based classesProvide safe and supportive environments
Structural flexibilityMeet the specific learning needs of individuals and groups of students
Life skillsExplicitly teach social skills for living
Co-curricular activitiesProvide addicitonal avenues for student participation and achievement
FrameworkSupport schools to be safe environments for students