NSW Education “Mind-Ed” Programs
In 2020, we worked with NSW Education, Sarah Redfern Highschool, Minto and headspace to develop and deliver a pilot program linked back to the curriculum in NSW schools. Our goals are to reduce the stigma of talking about mental ill-health, open the conversation, and provide students with support and coping tools following an increase in students experiencing mental health related concerns.
Since then, The Goanna Academy has continued working with NSW Education to establish opportunities to expand this program. In 2022 we delivered our program to schools in the Orange, the Central Coast and across Northern NSW, in QLD, in Abergowrie and the Darling and Southern Downs regions.
We also were successful in gaining Quality Assurance through the NSW Department of Education under their Wellbeing program, making us an approved program for NSW schools.
In 2023, our delivery reach has continued to grow, with Mind Ed programs delivered in Western NSW, Northern NSW, Far North QLD and more programs planned across all of NSW and QLD.
We continue to work towards better social and emotional wellbeing outcomes for all Australians and to reduce the stigma around reaching out for mental health support.
Goanna Academy Mind-ed Program
MindEd is a mental fitness program. The program leverages Greg Inglis’ platform and lived experiences in conjunction with both physical and mental exercises over a period to improve mental health outcomes among users. The pilot program commenced in December 2020, delivered in partnership with Headspace Australia, involving students from NSW Education & Sarah Redfern High School.
● Students to be educated in mental health awareness (training and tools)
● Students to engage in conversation about mental health
● Students to identify support services
● Students to engage in help seeking behaviour and identify tools to alleviate stress
● Outcomes: Increase attendance in schools for all grades
● Outcomes: Assist in reducing the rate of suicide deaths in NSW by 20% by 2023
● Outcomes: Assist in increasing the proportion of Aboriginal students attaining year 12 by 50% by 2023, while maintaining their cultural identity
CEO Child Wellbeing Unit
"It’s great to see the Goanna Academy team, who are genuinely interested and motivated to drive positive change by creating awareness and providing strategies through Greg’s lived experiences to improve life outcomes for so many. If we can help our children to get the right support, at the right time and reduce the stigma of having the conversation or asking for help, we can change the lives!"
"It’s much more beneficial because he’s experienced it, he can inspire kids to get help moving. Good to know someone I look up to is not all rainbows and sunshine."
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If you are in an emergency situation or need immediate assistance, contact mental health services by calling 000.
If you need to speak to someone urgently, call Lifeline 13 11 14
or suicide call back service 1300 659 467.