Push to improve mental health in schools
beyondblue has welcomed an announcement that the Federal government will send mental health specialists into secondary schools in the aftermath of a student suicide. beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell said the $20 million policy will save many lives as the teams identify warning signs and prevent copycat suicides. She said the push to prevent student suicides and improve young people’s mental health has been strengthened with the recent release of a new online e-learning module designed by beyondblue to help school teachers improve students’ resilience. “The module, which is aimed at improving teachers’ understanding of the link between students’ thoughts and behaviour, forms part of beyondblue’s successful SenseAbility program,” she said. “The SenseAbility program is a series of teaching modules designed to enhance the ability of students aged 12–18 to deal with challenging emotional and psychological situations through classroom activities such as role-playing and group discussion.
Emergency alert for WiLAS system
esigned for environments where ambient noise is a problem, or where hearing impaired people are on a site, the WiLAS system can be supplemented witha wirelessly controlled light module that can be wall or ceiling mounted. Activated by any siren station or any remote control within range, the module is fitted with three bright flashing beacons; one to advice of a Lockdown Alert (amber), one for an Evacuation Alert (red), and one for an All Clear notification (green). The flashing light warning units are intended to be used to enhance but not in place of Siren Stations. They are designed for indoor or covered outdoor applications, e.g. covered walkways, covered entries as they are not IP rated (weatherproofed). Light colours are as per Australian Standard AS2220 requirements for emergency alerts. www.schoollockdown.com.au tel (02) 8037 5500
“Young people who possess good social and emotional skills are better able to cope with the stresses of daily life and tend to have better relationships and perform better academically.” The take up rate for SenseAbility has underlined the demand for classroom based mental health programs, with 57 per cent of Australian secondary schools ordering a kit since the program started in December 2010. www.beyondblue.org.au/senseability
Education Today – Term 4 2012