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Thursday, 18 Aug 2016

PDHPE: Accessing Youth Support Services

Most children and young people experience challenges and uncertainty as part of the growing up process. These may relate to issues such as self-image, relationships, commercial pressures and encountering various sources of stress. Youth support services can assist in supporting them as they navigate their way through childhood and adolescence.

Schools have an important role in advocating health and safety for young people. A whole-school approach is most effective through developing student knowledge, understanding and skills, promoting opportunities for young people to identify personal support networks ,and providing access to available services.

R U OK Day, which takes place on Thursday 8 September this year, provides an opportunity for schools to raise awareness, start conversations and transform the way we look out for people going through tough times.

In addition, the mandatory PDHPE K–10 syllabus provides students with opportunities to develop skills that enable them to identify and access support services.

In K-6 PDHPE, students have the opportunity to explore:

  • health services and products including information, services and media influences
  • positive health practices
  • how positive health choices can promote wellbeing
  • strategies for dealing with life changes and coping with change
  • ways in which they communicate, cooperate and care for others
  • how to identify and respond to unsafe situations.

In Years 7-10 PDHPE, students have the opportunity to explore:

  • ways to practice accessing help, eg via the internet
  • skills to access health information, products and services
  • how to identify and establish support networks of adults and peers
  • ways to support others to seek help
  • a range of positive management strategies to support good health and wellbeing.

The following youth support services, may be helpful to young people:
Youth Beyond Blue
The Brave Program
The Butterfly Foundation
Kids Helpline
Mission Australia
R U OK at School
Reach Out
Reachout - Referring to a GP
See Me
Supporting friends - Reachout

Free apps available to download:
Reachout – The Toolbox
Reachout – Worry time
Smiling mind
What’s up

It is important for teachers to use their professional judgement when considering the resources they use to ensure content is delivered in an age, stage and culturally sensitive manner. All websites, Apps and resources should be previewed and evaluated in full, prior to use.

For more information, contact:
Amy Harriman
Senior Curriculum Officer, PDHPE
(02) 9367-8317