Help develop mental health support and resources for primary schools

Staff can contribute their thoughts by completing a survey or participating in remote focus groups 

The Department has partnered with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Ian Potter Foundation to develop and pilot evidence-based training and resources to help staff better identify and respond to mental health issues affecting primary school students.

The Department is now collecting information from primary schools in metropolitan, regional and remote schools to better understand what training and resources are needed in different settings.

Schools can contribute to this work by completing a short 20-minute survey or taking part in remote focus groups.

The Department encourages primary school principals, teachers and wellbeing staff and regional wellbeing staff to participate in this research.

Participants will have an opportunity to share their perspectives and help develop school-based mental health support through a state-wide survey and remote focus groups.

The mental health and wellbeing of our students and the wider community is particularly critical given the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Details on how to participate are below.

State-wide survey

The mental health in schools survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and is open for all primary school staff until Friday 7 August. 

We want to hear what you have to say about:

  • your school’s approach to identifying and supporting children with mental health difficulties

  • barriers to delivering mental health and wellbeing support in your school

  • what could be done to optimally identify and support children with mental health difficulties.

Complete the survey
The survey will close on 7 August 2020

Focus groups

Schools can sign up for remote focus groups, which will run for approximately one hour. Each session will have capacity for eight school staff to participate.

Schools will receive Casual Relief Teacher reimbursement for staff who participate in the remote focus groups (up to half a day per staff member).

Available supports

Your mental health is important and there is support available. If you need to talk, access the Department’s employee, safety and wellbeing services.

Call the Employee Assistance Program: 1300 361 008.

Or to access external services, call:

  • Lifeline: 13 11 14

  • Beyond Blue: 1300 22 46 36

More information

For further information about the survey or focus groups, please contact the Mental Health Reform Unit via email  

To access further mental health information and support, visit the Victorian Schools Mental Health Toolkit.