School cirricululum packs

The following resources are available for use in schools and other youth settings.

  • Free to BE – A Body Esteem Resource is produced by the Butterfly Foundation and designed for the Australian education environment. It addresses four key areas impacting body image; resilience, media, peers and healthy bodies. The resource includes activities, lesson plans and Power Point presentations for years 3-12. The Butterfly Foundation also offers education programs for young people, professionals and parents.

  • Head Strong produced by The Black Dog Institute and the Inspire Foundation’s Reach Out Teachers Network is a free curriculum resource on mood disorders, mental health and resilience developed for secondary school Health and Physical Education teachers. The resource aligns with the PDHPE & HPE curriculum for Years 9 and 10 in New South Wales and Queensland.

  • Just Hang in There video and resource kit produced for the Eurobodalla Shire aims to increase young people’s awareness about where to go for help (for themselves or friends) when experiencing a mental health issue. The resource includes a schools tool kit with activities and evaluations.

  • MindMatters resource suite supports Australian secondary schools to promote and protect the mental health and wellbeing of school community members. It includes a resource kit for secondary schools, a Professional Development calendar, website and evaluation reports.

  • NSW Family Planning has toolkits and resources to assist primary and secondary teachers in teaching about reproductive and sexual health.

  • Out tonight? Party Right is a NSW Government online resource aimed at teaching young people to make responsible decisions about their behaviour and alcohol intake when partying. For use within the high school curriculum, the kit supports young people having a good night out without drinking alcohol.

  • OxyGen has curriculum resources, factsheets and guidelines on how to tackle smoking.

  • Project Rockit is a program and website aiming to build youth leadership, citizenship and resilience by addressing bullying in schools. P-Rock online is an anti-bullying e-learning curriculum program for Years 7 – 9.

  • ReachOut Professionals is an initiative of the Inspire Foundation and provides teachers and school support staff with free access to teaching resources and lesson ideas on youth mental health and wellbeing.

  • SenseAbility by Beyondblue is secondary school program designed to enhance and maintain emotional and psychological resilience among young people aged 12 to 18. The program has seven modules; essential skills, self-worth, control, belonging, purpose, future and humour. SenseAbility is supported by an e-learning professional learning program for teachers and a SenseAbility YouTube channel.

  • Small Steps resources developed by the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria, aims to support schools in increasing the level of young people's walking by making it easy for teachers and schools to address walkability by building it in to the Australian geography curriculum.

  • Youth BeyondBlue Secondary School Program via their YouTube channel. 

  • Smiling Minds Mindfulness Meditation program is designed for groups, free to download and supported by a comprehensive manual for teachers and facilitators. 

  • Smiling Minds Sport program is designed to compliment regular sports training schedules for individuals and clubs and focuses on improving decision making under pressure, increasing the ability to focus attention and supporting general recovery.

  • What’s the Plan? video resource produced by Youth Safe to help teenagers 15-17 years to celebrate safely. 

  • Young Carers NSW resource section contains school resources for supporting young carers in education.

  • No Smokes website contains study guides and videos for teachers and health workers. The site is aimed at Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders from 12-25 years old.

  • Reach school and community workshops are designed to promote the mental health and emotional wellbeing of young people 10-25 years old.

  • This Way Up Schools has health and wellbeing internet based courses for school students including managing stress, alcohol and cannabis education, combating depression and overcoming anxiety.

  • Making the Link: Seeking Help for Risky Drinking is a school based health promotion program teaching young people how alcohol affects behaviour, the risks and how to find help.

  • Love Bites is a school-based program to educate young people about respectful relationships and reduce the incidence of relationship violence in the community.

  • Making Cyberspace a Safer Place developed by Kids Helpline and partner Optus is a free lesson plan pack on cyberbullying and sexting with lessons suitable for Years 3-6 (Cyberbullying - Intro), Years 7-9 (Cyberbullying - Advanced) and Years 10-12 (Sexting).

  • Tagged developed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s Cybersmart program, is for use with students aged 14+ and encourages them to reflect on the real life consequences caused by cyberbullying, sexting, and a negative digital reputation.

  • Seriously Smashed resource explores the issue of young people drinking too much through a constructed party and the aftermath. The construct highlights such issues as risk taking, sex under the influence, the dangers of social media, breaking the law and alcohol charged violence and bullying.

  • Growing Respect supports respectful relationship curriculums and child abuse prevention programs in schools and out-of-school settings in partnership with communities across Australia. The high school curriculum specifically supports young people’s emerging relationships. Each year has a slightly different focus building on the previous year’s curriculum. All programs have a creative component encouraging young people to produce prevention resources around respectful relationships.

  • Cybersmart Schools covers cyber issues, policy guidance, resources and lesson plans on cyber safety issues for primary and secondary school students.

  • Making The Link Curriculum pack developed by NCPIC (National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre) and Orygen Youth Health. Aims to promote help seeking for cannabis use and mental health problems. Making the Link teaches young people to help each other seek professional help; promotes the idea that mates help mates; reduces the barriers to seeking help from professionals; and educates teachers about how to assist their students to access professional help for cannabis use and mental health problems.  

  • NCPIC Cannabis and Consequences 2 Twelve classroom activities for secondary school students based on the latest evidence and research. Developed by NCPIC (National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre).

  • Climate Schools Health education courses which aim to empower students to gain knowledge about their health and wellbeing. This knowledge will assist them in making good choices. Current modules include: Alcohol Education (Year 8) and Alcohol and Cannabis Education (Years 8 or 9). Climate Schools is the work of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre and the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

  • SHAHRP School Health and Alcohol Harm Reduction Project is a classroom based program aimed at reducing alcohol-related harm and risky consumption. SHAHRP is designed to be implemented at a time when local prevalence data indicates that young people are starting to experiment with alcohol.