Schools play a key role in providing a positive and inclusive learning environment for all students and can equip young people with the personal skills to support their mental health and wellbeing.

The Victorian Government has invested $200 million to create a new Schools Mental Health Fund and Menu. The interim Menu is now available and provides schools with opportunities to purchase support for initiatives that promote mental health and wellbeing.

The Invitation to Supply for the Schools Mental Health Full Menu is now open. Offers can be submitted via the Buying for Victoria Tenders Portal. More information is available via the Schools Mental Health Full Menu – Invitation to Supply flyer.

To support school communities achieve this, the Mental Health Toolkit provides expert guidance and resources on mental health promotion and support aimed at schools and school communities, health and wellbeing workforces and mental health practitioners. It draws from existing Department resources, guidance and programs and leverages expert external advice on promoting and supporting mental health in schools. Guidance can be found on each of the topics below.

A Quick Guide to Student Mental Health and Wellbeing resources is also available for schools, students, parents, and carers looking to access expert guidance and resources to support wellbeing in one place.

The quick guide includes resources and supports:

  • for schools, to promote student mental health and wellbeing, provide early support and refer students to the right services
  • for students, to help them look after their own health and wellbeing
  • for parents and carers, to help them support and build their child's physical and mental health and wellbeing

Promoting mental health and wellbeing in your school

Mental health is a state of wellbeing where people can meet their learning potential, cope with normal stresses, and are connected to community and their friends.

Mental health support in primary schools

The Victorian Government is committed to supporting every school to provide a positive and nurturing environment for our children to develop confidence, social skills and healthy life habits.

Supporting children and young people with distressing events

Ways you can make children and young people feel safe after a major public incident.

Mental health support at times of an emergency or natural disaster

Resources for schools about mental health support for students and staff impacted by an emergency, such as novel coronavirus, or natural disasters.

headspace counselling for secondary students

Secondary students of Victorian Government schools can access to face-to-face and telephone counselling services from headspace.

Mental health support for the 2019-2020 Victorian bushfires

This page outlines information and advice on how to access mental health and wellbeing support for schools, staff, students and families affected by the 2019-2020 bushfires.

Mental health practitioners in secondary schools

Every Victorian Government secondary school campus will have a suitably qualified mental health practitioner by 2022.

Early intervention in youth mental health

A practical guide to early intervention in youth mental health for teachers, school staff and other supports who work with students in a school setting.

Mental health training and support

A range of training and support programs are available for school and student support services (SSS) staff to build capacity, increase foundational knowledge and improve personal wellbeing

Mental health practitioner job description in specialist schools

Information on Mental Health Practitioner job descriptions to support school principals.

The Mental Health in Primary Schools program

This program will be expanded to every government and low-fee non-government primary school in Victoria by 2026. Find out more here.