Our wellbeing can change moment to moment, day to day, year to year, and can be influenced by what’s happening in a specific moment and the actions that we take.
Wellbeing encompasses the health of the whole person – physical, mental, social and emotional
Your online toolbox
Educators can access and choose from a wide range of online apps and resources providing valuable information and support around mental health and wellbeing. There are tools available which offer guidance and practical strategies for yourself and other members of your learning community, including colleagues, children and people, and their families.
What tools are available?
It can be hard to find and interpret the best evidence-based information to share with students, colleagues and families.
Technology can play a central role by:
- helping you gain the professional learning you need
- providing access to fact sheets and information to share
- keeping staff up-to-date on important issues such as suicide prevention
- providing templates and tools for communicating and working with students and families.
Technology can help you with a whole range of things to keep you healthy and informed – from managing your own family, building your professional knowledge, or knowing where to go to get help when you need it.
Online tools can help you:
- explore strategies to improve your wellbeing at home and work
- connect to some professional learning networks
- access information that can make a big difference to either yourself or others
- learn the latest thinking in mental health and wellbeing.
Useful resources and apps include:
Head to Health
Supported by the Australian Government, this resource helps people find trusted information on mental health and wellbeing and support services in Australia.
Beyond Blue's Personal best – wellbeing
Suggested activities, guidance and inspiration to help you find the balance in all areas of your life while navigating the ups and downs.
Black Dog Institute – general wellbeing
Information and resources on how to achieve and maintain a state of wellbeing.
Black Dog Institute– workplace wellbeing
Information on what a healthy work/life balance looks like and how to establish this.
The Elders’ Report
Report into preventing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-harm and youth suicide.
Emerging Minds– resources
Articles, research papers, policies and frameworks, toolkits and webinars related to children’s mental health.
Practical information and resources to help you understand mental health and support you to manage stress in the workplace.
Office of the eSafety Commissioner
Online safety resources for schools, educators and families.
Orygen Youth Mental Health– fact sheets
A range of fact sheets on mental health issues.
Solutions that work: what the evidence and our people tell us
Report on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project.
TED Talks– education
These TED Talks explore the latest thinking on how to build a better learning community for educators, families, children and young people.
A not-for-profit network of people and organisations committed to developing individual and community wellbeing, especially in education.
Although it’s an emerging area, educators can use personal development apps in the classroom as part of a mental health promotion and prevention strategy. Students and families can also benefit from technologies that gather, track and share their ideas and views on things that happen in the school.
Some ideas include using technology to:
- support students to practise social and emotional learning skills
- help students practise tasks such as time-management and goal setting
- track, monitor and share classroom or school community data
- It can be beneficial to explore how technology can help you practise the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of good mental health.
You could try:
- using apps for developing skills such as mindfulness
- online courses to manage challenges such as anxiety or depression
- tracking your progress on the things that may positively impact your mental health (for example, exercise, nutrition and mood).
Useful resources and apps include:
A safety plan app that can be accessed and edited at any time. A young person can also email it to trusted friends, family or their health professional, so they can offer support when their experiencing suicidal thoughts or heading towards a suicidal crisis.
Black Dog Institute– self-help tools and apps
Collection of quizzes for self-assessment and apps to help with mild to moderate conditions.
Interactive self-help program with modules for depression, generalised anxiety and worry, social anxiety, relationship breakdown, and loss and grief. It provides evidence-based information and teaches practical strategies.
Headspace– meditation app
An app to make practising simple mindfulness techniques easy, from a variety of systems, helping fulfil our mission of a healthier, happier world. Offers the benefits of simple meditation techniques, anytime, anywhere, with guided meditations, animations, articles and videos.
ReachOut – online behaviour and social media
Guides which introduce the role of technology in young people’s lives, and provide tips on safe and healthy use of technology.
ReachOut – tools and apps
Professionally-reviewed mobile apps and tools to help young people look after their health and wellbeing.
THIS WAY UP
Developed with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, these online courses have been clinically proven to lessen anxiety and depression.
Positive and safe communications between students, families and staff benefits the whole school community. Technology provides a variety of unique ways of communicating, connecting and sharing, such as:
- using tools like blogs, forums and e-newsletters to let staff, students and families share their stories
- communicating wellbeing information and links to supports through school or class websites
- using social media sites and apps to support
- collaboration, celebration and development of shared experiences.
Technology can help you to connect with others, share your thoughts and reach out for the support you need when you need it.
You can use online mental health and wellbeing supports to:
- communicate with healthcare professionals
- connect with others through online forums
- use social media tools to express your thoughts and ideas.
Useful resources and apps include:
Beyond Blue online forums
An online community open to anyone residing in Australia with forums on topics related to mental health and wellbeing.
Beyond Blue Support Service
Access a range of free supports seven days a week. All calls and chats are one-on-one with a trained mental health professional, and completely confidential.
The Check-in app
An app to help young people to take the fear out of having a conversation with a friend who might be struggling.
Engaging school community through social media
A blog on ways to use different social media, including Facebook, Twitter, blogs and websites.
RU OK? every day resources
Downloadable free resources to help you meaningfully connect with people around you and support anyone struggling with life.