How can I get involved?
Registering with Be You is quick, easy – and free! We just need some basic information about who you are and your role as an educator.
You can start your Be You journey any time as an individual with the Professional Learning, enhancing your knowledge and understanding of how to promote mental health and support children and young people.
Change starts with individuals, but it doesn’t end there
Be You is for individual educators, but it’s also for whole learning communities. Lots of things influence mental health and wellbeing, and often they’re interrelated. So the most effective approaches to mental health promotion are those that involve everyone in the community – educators, children and families.
When an entire school or early learning service decides to work on mental health and wellbeing collectively we call this a whole learning community approach, and we provide support, tools and resources every step of the way.
Our proven implementation model allows schools and services to build on the work they’re already doing and take practical action.
The implementation of a whole learning community approach is driven by an Action Team, who are supported by Be You Consultants from headspace and Early Childhood Australia.
Your school or service may already be a registered Be You Learning Community. If it is, speak to your Action Team or leader at your school or service about how you could get involved in their efforts.
If your school or service isn’t registered yet, see the Action Team Handbook (for early learning services or primary and secondary schools) for more information on how to bring a whole learning community approach to your school or service.
Why should I get involved?
There are many great reasons to get on board with Be You
And the benefits extend to everyone in your learning community: educators like yourself, children, young people and their families.
Benefits for the children and young people educators work with every day include:
- enhanced social and emotional wellbeing
- improved engagement and academic performance
- a positive and supportive learning environment
- improved support and earlier intervention if mental health issues emerge
- increased resilience and capacity to manage emotions and problems as they arise
- fostering of an environment where children and young people feel safe and supported to speak up when something is bothering them
- strategies to support children and young people at different developmental stages and create smoother transitions between stages of learning.
Benefits for educators include:
- access to comprehensive online Professional Learning, with reflective questions tailored to career stage
- a common language and shared understanding of mental health and what educators can do to promote a mentally healthy learning community
- deeper understanding of common mental health concerns across development stages and the supports and services available to assist with them.
Benefits for learning communities include:
- a flexible process that supports and complements existing continuous improvement cycles and addresses important education priorities, standards and requirements
- fostering of an environment where all staff feel empowered and supported to work towards better mental health, irrespective of their specific roles
- stronger, more collaborative relationships with families and the broader community
- strengthened links and networks with mental health service providers
- better student and staff retention
- support and guidance on how to respond to critical incidents from a whole learning community perspective.
For more information on the benefits of Be You for educators like yourself, download the Educators Handbook – there are versions for both early learning services and primary and secondary school educators.
Professional Learning is central to Be You, but there’s a lot more to explore – tools, resources and events that you can use to put what you’ve learnt into practice.
To find out more about the tools and resources available, and how educators like yourself can use them in your everyday practice, download the Early Learning Educators Handbook or Primary and Secondary Schools Educators Handbook.
- Always Be You brings Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and ways of doing to Be You.
- Be You Fact Sheets provide information about a range of topics and issues connected to the professional learning. Think of them as quick reference resources, with factual information about a particular issue.
- The Programs Directory provides a searchable database of external mental health programs, available across Australia.
- The Organising Speakers Guide provides a detailed run-down on what you need to consider when engaging an external speaker to share their personal stories about mental health, including how to create a safe and meaningful environment for everyone involved.
- Wellbeing Tools for You outlines a range of online tools, resources and general strategies designed to support educators’ mental health.
- Wellbeing Tools for Students is your essential guide to the online tools and other resources that will best support children and young people in taking care of their own mental health.
- If your school or early learning service decides to take a whole learning community approach to Be You, our suite of Planning and Implementation Tools (available via your dashboard) will help throughout the process.
- There are a range of online events available to educators at registered Be You learning Communities to enhance their experience.
Ready to get started?
Be You is for educators, but the impact it has goes far beyond the individual
By getting involved, you’re making a powerful commitment to supporting and enhancing the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, and creating a mentally healthy learning community.
Ready to get started?
Still have questions?
No problem. Get in touch.
As an educator, you’re all about helping children and young people to flourish. So are we.