Students and staff at Dubbo College South Campus are set to receive greater support to overcome mental health challenges, thanks to funding from the NSW Government.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has announced the school has received $10,000 to deliver a range of initiatives, including Youth Mental Health First Aid training for parents and teachers, bullying prevention and reduction and alcohol and drug harm minimisation sessions, and an annual wellbeing day.
“Dubbo College South Campus is committed to excellent student outcomes in an inclusive and tolerant environment, but in recent years there’s been an increase in the number of students struggling with social, emotional and mental health issues,” Mr Saunders said.
“Our region’s young people have been through a lot in recent years, from drought to COVID-19 and now floods, and initiatives like this are really crucial to help them recover.
“I’m thrilled to announce support for the DCSC Wellbeing Project – Connect. Succeed. Thrive, and I’m confident it will have amazing outcomes for students, staff and the wider school community.”
“Projects like this are great examples of how we can help young people recover, build resilience and improve wellbeing by providing them with the tools and resources they need to become the best version of themselves.”
The DCSC Wellbeing Project – Connect. Succeed. Thrive. includes:
- An annual wellbeing day
- Bullying prevention and reduction sessions (Bully Zero).
- Youth Mental Health First Aid for Parents and Teachers to be aware of the current issues in Youth, and provide strategies on how support children and students (MHFA Australia)
- Alcohol and drug harm minimisation sessions (Our Futures)
- Tomorrow Man and Tomorrow Woman sessions
- The project will also provide ongoing support to Teachers, Parents and Students through educational digital resources. The aim of this project is to provide support, education and mentoring to Students, with the inclusion of Parents and Teachers to better support and foster relationships with Youth at DCSC
The Children and Young People Wellbeing Recovery Initiative is funded through the NSW COVID-19 Economic Recovery Initiative and the co-funded NSW and Australian Governments’ Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements. Eligible applicants are encouraged to apply for funding for wellbeing programs, events and resources as part of the initiative. Applications for both large and smaller grants are open now and close on 31 December 2022, or when fully allocated. For program and eligibility guidelines, visit nsw.gov.au/YouthWellbeing