Each of the recommended interventions in this Teacher's Guide has a strong evidence base. Interventions were selected via a comprehensive literature search of health and educational electronic databases (CINAHL, Medline, Embase, PsychInfo, Cochrane and ERIC: Education Resources Information Centre). Articles were limited to English-language. Interventions that required teachers to undergo additional training, utilised specialised resources were excluded.
This resource was inspired by the 2006 resource ‘The Impact of Mental Health Disorders on Learning - A Teacher's Guide’, a NSCCH (Northern Sydney Central Coast Health) School-Link imitative supported by staff of the CYPMH - NSCCH (Children and Young People's Mental Health - Northern Sydney Central Coast Health). The original resource was updated in 2007 by NSCCH School-Link and CYPMH - NSCCH staff with input from the Behaviour Department of Education & Training Hunter/Central Coast Region and Lake Munmorah Public School.
A July 2019 study: Fostering positive mental health in primary school classrooms. Australian teachers’ perceptions on the role of education and training in becoming primary preventative mental health champions. Confirmed the hypothesis that: Access to the Teacher’s Guide resource will enable primary school teachers to confidently implement evidence-based strategies, and adopt a primary-preventative approach, resulting in increased resilience, educational opportunities, and occupational engagement for students in the classroom.
Authors: Cooksley, R.1, Bunder, D.2, Sneddon, J. 2, Chen, Y.3, Nunn, H.3, Yee, H.4, Tang, J.4, Farrar, G.4, Szeto, C.3, Hardie, K.5, Chu, A. Y. L.3 & Singh, R.2
- Got It! Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Sydney Local Health District, New South Wales, Australia.
- Child, Adolescent and Youth Mental Health Service, School-Link Program, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, New South Wales, Australia.
- Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia.
- School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, NSW, Australia
- Department of Occupational Therapy, Western Sydney University, NSW, Australia.