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Wellbeing Programs in Schools

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Wellbeing programs are an essential part of any school community, and are a basic expectation of any parent. Our wellbeing program for schools has been designed to use natural environments to address the general wellbeing of school groups in a directed and evidence-based program. We have modelled our program based on PERMA+ principles, and our program directly supports The Government’s 5 Ways to Wellbeing in Nature campaign. We collaborate with the experts at headspace to deliver our industry leading wellbeing program for schools.

Why do we run Wellbeing Programs in Schools?
There is an incredible amount of research showing that youth wellbeing is dropping significantly year on year. In 2010, a headspace national survey revealed over a third of students had considered suicide in the last 12 months – we know this number is now even worse. Our wellbeing program in schools seeks to address this crisis using headspace’s expertise in wellbeing, as well as the incredible power of our natural environment.

The science is out!

  • A nature-based approach to wellbeing has shown increases in self-esteem and feelings of hope for adolescent participants (Kogstad et al., 2014)
  • Adolescents who spend time in green outdoor spaces report a greater sense of calm, focus during study and general wellness (Burriss & Burriss, 2011) (Quynh et al., 2013)
  • Exposure to parks and green open spaces aids recovery among individuals experiencing study or personal pressures and reduces chronic stress (Alvarsson et al., 2010) (Vella et al., 2013)
  • Connection to nature is critical for promotion of positive psychological states (Beil and Hanes, 2013) (Abraham et al., 2010 (O’brien et al., 2014)
… and the list goes on and on and on! So, we know that utilising nature is indisputably a fantastic, if not the best, approach to addressing wellbeing.

headspace Wellbeing Program Collaboration

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Headspace is a youth holistic wellbeing organisation that operates Australia wide, offering support for 12 – 25 year old people. They have a focus on early intervention and provide support to young people to help them strengthen their ability to manage their mental, physical health as well as study and work related stresses. They are the national leaders in youth wellbeing, and naturally are the perfect collaborating partner for our wellbeing programs in schools.

Our student wellbeing program works in collaboration with local headspace centres in your state or region – with headspace staff and student ambassadors facilitating a group session before our camp, or nature-based day trip! The nature based component of the wellbeing program for your school group is designed around PERMA+ and supports The Government’s 5 Ways to Wellbeing in Nature campaign.

Wellbeing Programs in Your School – Your Role

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As a teacher or school principal, you are not solely responsible for educating your students about wellbeing – however, you do have a crucial part to play in helping your school community to build a culture that embraces positive wellbeing. You don’t have to be an ambulance officer to save lives, as a teacher or principal you have that opportunity right now when you engage a wellbeing program for your school students.

Even if students don’t present with any noticeable signs of poor wellbeing, equipping them the skills and education to deal with life’s future challenges is essential – and in many cases, a wellbeing program is increasingly expected by student’s parents. You have the opportunity to save lives and better the lives of your school community. I urge you not to pass this up, and get in contact with us today to see if our program aligns with your goals.

Student Wellbeing Programs in Schools

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What a great experience for our students and our staff. Thanks for helping us to organise this program for our year 10 cohort – the whole process was simple, straightforward and the program was a bunch of fun!

Mr. Peters,
High School Teacher at Sunrise Secondary School