Be You recognises the mental health impacts that natural disasters have on communities, and the role of learning communities in supporting recovery from trauma. The following resources aim to empower learning communities to lead their own recovery and build resilience for the future.
Educator wellbeing is a key part of a mentally healthy learning community. The Educator wellbeing page offers a range of resources to help you manage your wellbeing and help build a mentally healthy workplace.
Wellbeing Tools for You
Paying attention to your own mental health ensures you’re better able to support the children and young people in your care. Wellbeing Tools for You outlines a range of online tools and resources designed to support your mental health and that of your colleagues.
Wellbeing Tools for Students
See Wellbeing Tools for Students for a collection of online resources that Be You has compiled for students. These tools are variously designed to help young people learn about positive mental health and wellbeing, put these concepts and skills into practice, and offer them with support when they, or their peers, are struggling.
Resources and information
Emerging Minds Community Trauma Toolkit
The Emerging Minds Community Trauma Toolkit is designed for educators working with children and families in areas affected by natural disaster or community trauma.
Be You Fact Sheets
Read success stories and learn implementation tips from other educators to develop positive, inclusive, and resilient learning communities.
The Australian Psychological Society has a range of resources available about natural disasters and community trauma.
The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) develops, maintains and shares knowledge and learning to support a disaster resilient Australia.
Sessions and Events
Engage with, and learn from, the Be You team and other educators across Australia through interactive Be You implementation sessions, events and webinars. These informative online events explore aspects of Be You content and other areas of interest.
You can view recordings of sessions, events and webinars about supporting children and young people after a natural disaster, critical incident or community trauma below.
To access all previous sessions and events and to check for upcoming sessions, visit the Be You Sessions and Events page.
Online learning for educators
Be You Professional Learning
Critical incidents can have a range of impacts for everyone in the learning community. The role of the learning environment in promoting a mentally healthy community, preparing for critical incidents and being responsive in times of crisis have been shown to be crucial in ensuring that people receive the help they need.
The Responding Together domain includes two modules:
- Recognise the potential impact of critical incidents
- Respond collaboratively to critical incidents.
Learn more about Responding Together
Mentally Healthy Communities
We all have mental health, no matter our developmental stage – including for you as an adult. Your position along a continuum of mental health will be influenced by a range of risk and protective factors, and environmental influences. In particular, mental health and wellbeing is most likely to occur in an inclusive environment, where people have supportive relationships with each other.
The Mentally Healthy Communities domain includes three modules:
- Understand mental health and wellbeing
- Connect through strong relationships
- Include by embracing diversity within the community
Learn more about Mentally Healthy Communities
Emerging Minds e-learning
Emerging Minds in partnership with Be You developed e-learning courses for educators in early learning services and schools to understand their role in supporting recovery from trauma.
Three e-learning modules offer a practical framework and tips for supporting children and young people in the aftermath of a disaster or community trauma – as well as preparedness skills and knowledge.
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