Getting started

We envisage an environment where children, young people, staff members and families reach their best mental health in positive learning communities.
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Getting started with Be You

Welcome to Be You, a national initiative for educators, aimed at promoting and protecting positive mental health in children and young people. Our vision is for an education system in which every learning community is positive, inclusive and resilient, and where every child, young person, staff member, and family can achieve their best possible mental health.

When we talk about educators at Be You, we’re talking about everyone who works with children and young people in early learning settings and primary and secondary schools. All educators are welcome, no matter where they are in their career – from pre-service educators all the way through to senior educational leaders.

  • Leaders at schools and services

    Be You builds on the great work early learning services and schools are already doing.

    If you’re a leader in an early learning service or a primary or secondary school, then Be You is for you. Working closely with educators, children and young people, you’re in a great position to help drive positive change – not just at an individual level, but within the whole school community. Be You will help you make the most of this opportunity.

    Individual educators can participate in Be You, with access to Professional Learning, Fact Sheets and supporting resources to enhance their approach to mental health and wellbeing in their everyday teaching practice.

    You can register as an individual educator at any time.

    Once you’ve registered, your dashboard gives you full access to the Professional Learning modules and allows you to track your progress.

    Be You has the most impact when whole learning communities implement Be You collectively.

    We know that educators already do incredible work to support and nurture the children and young people in their care, and that your school will already have policies, processes and procedures in place around topics such as mental health and wellbeing. The Be You framework is designed to complement, support and enhance the work that you and your staff are already doing, and to build capacity in identified areas of need.

    To find out more about how you and your learning community can get involved in Be You, see Getting Started for Leaders.

  • Action Teams

    Action Teams are responsible for coordinating and driving whole learning community approaches to Be You at early learning services and schools.

    They’re a central part of Be You, helping to build momentum and enthusiasm, bringing people together to create meaningful and long-lasting change for everyone in your learning community.

    To find out more about what Action Teams do, and their role in bringing Be You to their learning communities, see Getting Started for Action Teams.

  • Educators

    As an educator, we know you’re already working hard to support the mental health and wellbeing of the children in your care.

    Be You helps you develop and expand your existing strategies, and shows you other practical ways to support children and their families to create mentally healthy learning communities. In-depth, evidence-based Professional Learning modules give you the skills and knowledge to foster and support mental health and wellbeing in children and young people.

    Register and start your journey through the Professional Learning straight away, or see Getting Started for Educators for more information on how you can get involved.

    Please note: when we talk about educators at Be You, we’re talking about everyone who works with children and young people in early learning settings, primary and secondary schools. So you don’t have to have a teaching qualification to get involved – just a commitment to supporting mental health and wellbeing. 

  • Pre-service educators

    If you’re currently studying early childhood or education at a vocational institution or university, then Be You is for you. As you move through your career and work closely with children and young people, you’ll be in a great position to help drive positive change and promote mental health.

    Register now, or see Getting started for pre-service educators for more information on how you can get involved.

  • Lecturers and other educators at vocational and tertiary institutions

    One lecturer can have an enormous impact on the mental health and wellbeing of Australia’s children and young people, by giving future educators knowledge and strategies about how to support positive health and learning outcomes.

    Pre-service educators are welcome to register for Be You and make their way through the Professional Learning modules. The Pre-Service Educator Handbooks (for both early learning services and schools) suggest scenario-based pathways through the Professional Learning, and tips on how to apply the knowledge during placements.
  • Families

    Be You is designed for educators at early learning services and schools in Australia.

    If your child attends a school or service that has become a Be You Learning Community, you might hear about the work that educators and others are taking to create and support mentally healthy communities.

    A key part of this is getting families involved, so keep an eye out for opportunities or speak to staff about contributing.

    If you’d like information on particular issues connected to mental health and wellbeing, Be You Fact Sheets are available to everyone.

    Beyond Blue's Healthy Families website is also a great resource for anyone who’s involved in supporting children and young people.