Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Greater awareness of mental illness in schools

Jack Dikian
March 2012

Given the high prevalence of mental illness with about 70% of mental health issues first appearing during adolescence - Black Dog Institute’s, The HeadStrong program uses classroom activities to share information and prompt discussions on depression and bipolar disorders, at-risk personality types, coping strategies and where to get support.

HeadStrong aims to give teachers and students a better understanding of mental health issues. The institute will provide training to 1500 high school teachers across Australia over the next 3 years. It’s estimated that this will reach 90,000 students, with a focus on those in rural and remote locations.


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