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What is Be You?
Be You aims to transform Australia’s approach to supporting children’s and young people’s mental health in early learning services and schools. Our vision is that every learning community is positive, inclusive and resilient – a place where every child, young person, educator and family can achieve their best possible mental health.
Be You promotes mental health and wellbeing, from the early years to 18, and offers future and current educators and learning communities evidence-based online professional learning, complemented by a range of tools and resources to turn learning into action. Be You empowers educators, helping them to develop valuable mental health skills and knowledge, while also providing an effective model for implementing a whole-learning community approach to mental health and wellbeing.
Be You is led by Beyond Blue with delivery partners Early Childhood Australia and headspace. Both partners have local teams of trained consultants to provide advice and support to early learning services and schools nationally to help implement a whole-learning community approach growing Australia’s most mentally healthy generation.
How do I register for Be You?To register as an individual educator or staff member, visit: Register.
How do I register my early learning service or school for Be You?To register your learning community, visit: Becoming a Be You Learning Community
How to solve issue with my Be You account?
For any questions relating to your Be You account, click here.
I’m experiencing technical difficulties. Who can help?
If errors persist when using a recommended browser, please contact the Be You Team. When filling the enquiries form, select website feedback or support request under Subject. We will be in touch shortly.
How can I update My Profile details?To update your profile details, follow the steps below.
- Log in to Be You.
- Go to the Be You account menu on the top right and select My Profile.
- Update your details and save changes by clicking on Update Account.
What are the roles of the project partners?Beyond Blue is the lead organisation of Be You. The two key delivery partners are Early Childhood Australia (ECA), who is supporting early learning services, and headspace, who is supporting primary and secondary schools.
To learn more, visit Organisations involved.
What does Be You Professional Development include?
Be You Professional Development incorporates Professional Learning, consisting of 13 modules grouped under five domain areas, with content centred around mentally healthy communities. To learn more, visit: Professional Learning.
A wide range of tools, guides and information resources are available to support implementation and help educators translate professional learning to their educational setting. To learn more, visit: Resources.
Can I use Be You Professional Learning to support my professional development requirements as a teacher?
Modules within this Be You domain meet the requirements for teacher-identified professional learning across all states and territories. Each module is aligned to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and contributes to one (1) hour of professional learning. At the completion of each module, a certificate will be awarded.
All registered teachers in every state and territory must ensure they have added their teacher registration number and state/territory to the My Profile page.
In the ACT, each module will also contribute to one (1) hour of ACT Teacher Quality Institute (TQI)-accredited professional learning addressing Standard 4.2.2 Maintain Student Safety of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. TQI-registered teachers must add their registration number and state/territory to the My Profile page. to ensure that completed professional learning is recognised with TQI. TQI will be notified weekly of all completed professional learning.
In NSW, each module will also contribute to one (1) hour of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing standard descriptor 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. NESA-registered teachers must add their registration number and state/territory to the My Profile page to ensure that completed professional learning is recognised with NESA. NESA will be notified monthly of all completed professional learning.
What if I can't see my completed Be You Professional Learning in my NESA or TQI teaching portal?In the ACT, module completion by all users is uploaded weekly to the TQI portal. This process is usually undertaken each Monday and upload of all entries can take approximately one (1) business day to complete.
In NSW, module completion by all users is uploaded monthly to the NESA portal. This process is usually undertaken on the first Monday of each month and upload of all entries can take approximately five (5) business day to complete.
Please see the ‘Can I use Be You Professional Learning to support my professional development requirements as a teacher?’ FAQ for more detail. If you still can't see your completed Be You Professional Learning reflected in your NESA or TQI portal following the upload period, please ensure you've added your teacher registration number and state/territory to the My Profile page and Contact Us.
What is the role of Be You Consultants?Over 70 trained, dedicated Be You Consultants from Early Childhood Australia and headspace support services and schools by:
- helping them to identify current strengths and areas for further development
- guiding them to relevant Be You tools and resources to support their progress towards goal-setting
- furthering their understanding of parallels with other initiatives and mandates
- regularly checking-in to support continuous improvement, discuss challenges and celebrate achievements.
To learn more, visit: Become a Be You Learning Community.
I’m a pre-service educator. How will Be You work for me, and how do I get started?To learn about how Be You works for pre-service educators, visit: Get started: Pre-service educators.
I’m an educator. How will Be You work for me, and how do I get started?
To learn about how Be You works for educators, visit: Get started: Educators.
I’m an early learning service or school leader. How will Be You work for me, and how do I get started?To learn about how Be You works for leaders, visit: Get started: Leaders.
I want to be an Action Team Leader, or part of an Action Team. How will Be You work for me, and how do I get started?To learn about how Be You works for Action Teams, visit: Get started: Action Teams.
Is there a cost to educators, early learning services and schools?Be You is available free of cost to any pre-service educator and staff member in any early learning service, primary or secondary school across Australia. The initiative is fully funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.
What are Be You Levels of Participation?
Early learning services and schools participating in Be You will be provided with the opportunity to extend their Level of Participation represented in an Implementation Profile in 2020. This will include 4 phases: Participating, Exploring, Embedding and Sustaining.
The Be You Implementation Profile will:
- be informed by the Be You Framework and overarching vision using the Reflection Tool
- be available as a self-reflection process with the option of consultant support
- focus on demonstration of a whole-setting approach
- emphasise a commitment to continuous improvement based on the implementation process.
Our learning community was previously engaged in KidsMatter or MindMatters. Are we still being acknowledged for our commitment?
Early learning services and schools that have previously engaged in KidsMatter or MindMatters have been acknowledged for their ongoing efforts in Be You. Each learning community has been recognised as a Be You Participating Learning Community, which is reflected on your learning community dashboard as a badge.
The Be You Team encourages all learning communities to continuously reflect on their learnings, celebrate their successes, and plan for action with a focus on continuous improvement.
If you'd like to discuss your learning community’s level of participation, please contact your Be You Consultant.
I previously held an individual MindMatters account. How does Be You support me to continue my learning?
MindMatters account holders that have been active (logged in) since 1 January 2017 will have received an email outlining the simple steps to log in to Be You.
MindMatters account holders are able to download certificates of their existing professional learning module completion via their MindMatters dashboard. Account holders are encouraged to manage their own professional learning records and ensure previous certificates are downloaded and saved.
By transferring MindMatters accounts to Be You, individual educators have the opportunity to engage in 13 additional hours of professional learning, supporting their continued professional development.
Be You builds on the successes of the MindMatters learning journey, providing updated content, new areas of learning, and additional tools and resources, all drawing on the latest evidence and research.
Our learning community previously accessed KidsMatter and MindMatters Surveys. Can we still access these results in Be You?
Existing surveys from KidsMatter and MindMatters will be archived, and learning communities will have the opportunity to use Be You Surveys. Early learning services and schools are encouraged to access their previous KidsMatter or MindMatters survey results to reflect on key learnings from this data.
Be You Surveys for educators, families, children and young people align to the new framework and support learning communities through their Be You journey.
For further support in accessing previous survey reports, or discussing how findings can be used to inform your Be You journey, please speak with your Be You Consultant.
What are the benefits of participating in Be You?
Be You helps learning communities continue to foster a positive, supportive, and inclusive environment where all staff have appropriate mental health literacy and feel empowered to work towards better mental health; and where children and young people feel safe and supported to speak up when something is bothering them.
To learn about the benefits of Be You for your setting, visit: Get started.
Why do we need Be You?
If we’re serious about caring for children and young people, we can’t ignore their mental health. There is a burning need to take action. Many young Australians have mental health issues which can have lifetime impacts.
To read about the evidence base behind Be You, visit: Evidence base.
What is the history of Be You?To learn about the history of Be You, visit: History of Be You.
What is the process for getting programs in the Program Directory?
The Programs Directory is an evolution of the KidsMatter and MindMatters program guides. The Program Directory provides information on selecting an external program to complement Be You and includes a searchable database of relevant programs.
Program providers can apply to be included in the Programs Directory. To be included in the Programs Directory, a program must:
- be defined as a mental health program, that being, an intervention for children or young people aimed at addressing mental health and/or resilience which may modify patterns of thought or behaviour
- have a sequential multi-session delivery mechanism, guided with a manual containing instructions for delivery
- have a clear theoretical underpinning
- be broadly available in Australia; the Programs Directory does not include programs only available to a local community.
How have mental health and education experts been engaged throughout the development of Be You?
Since receiving appointment by the Australian Government Department of Health to lead the national education initiative in June 2017, Beyond Blue has established governance structures, advisory groups and networks comprising over 400 advisers from Australia’s leading organisations to support the design, development and implementation of the initiative.
These groups bring together experts from across the country in education, mental health, suicide prevention, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, research and evaluation, behaviour change and implementation science. We’ve also engaged a wide range of education stakeholders including Australian Government and state and territory Departments of Education and Health staff, peak bodies, professional associations, accreditation bodies, tertiary institutions and educational research organisations.
How are previous programs (KidsMatter, MindMatters, headspace School Support) integrated into the new initiative?Be You builds on the success and learnings from five previous programs aimed at promoting social and emotional health and wellbeing for children and young people in the education space – KidsMatter Early Childhood, KidsMatter Primary MindMatters, Response Ability and headspace School Support. Be You is building on the evidence base and ten years of experience of these programs. The learnings from these programs are integrated into Be You – one single, national initiative delivered through early learning services, primary and secondary schools.
To learn more, visit: History of Be You.
Is there alignment with existing frameworks?The professional learning has been developed to align with existing state and territory education, Independent or Catholic schools’ social and emotional wellbeing frameworks. It also reinforces the National Quality Standard and Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Through implementing what’s learned, educators will be supported in their delivery of the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum.
Can families access Be You?
Be You offers Professional Learning on partnership with families and community, including: how educators can partner with families to promote positive mental health and wellbeing; strategies for how to develop strong and purposeful relationships with families to help support children and young people’s wellbeing; and strategies for educators to assist families to access appropriate mental health supports and services for their children.
Parts of Be You are freely available to the public, including parents and families, to read.
What is the National Workforce Support Initiative?
The National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health, led by Emerging Minds, provides a single-entry point for both clinical and non-clinical professionals working with children, parents and families to identify, support and refer children at risk of developing mental health difficulties and promote resilience building. This initiative particularly supports providers working with children who would benefit from early intervention, including those who have experienced trauma, and supports professionals in working with parents and families of these children.
The National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health sits alongside Be You, allowing for a multi-directional approach to improving children and young peoples’ mental health and wellbeing, as part of the Australian Government’s National Support for Child and Youth Mental Health Program.