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13.45 - 14.05

MindMatters - The Relaunch


MindMatters: leading Mental Health promotion in Australian secondary schools

with Nick Prendergast



Since 2000 MindMatters has been working to deliver mental health promotion and early intervention strategies for secondary school communities. In 2013, the Australian Government Department of Health commissioned beyondblue to redevelop and roll out MindMatters – the Australian Secondary Schools Student Mental Health Initiative. With MindMatters, beyondblue is working closely with education and mental health leaders to create a world-class online environment, strengthening the capacity of schools to protect and promote youth mental health and wellbeing.


MindMatters will implement an evidence-based mental health framework that will;


• explicitly enable schools, students and families to access evidence-based strategies and programs to meet specific needs


• help schools access the best existing and emerging evidence-based programs, strategies and supports offered by mental health, community, youth and education agencies


• allow schools to access MindMatters on multiple levels and as flexibly as possible across the whole school community.


The new MindMatters initiative will be broken into four components. Each component will contain stand-alone online modules to strengthen staff knowledge and skills, as well as provide the starting point for whole-school implementation of evidence based strategies and programs.


This presentation will outline the new MindMatters initiative, giving insight into the eLearning environment and the supports that will enable schools to engage and interact with the initiative into the future




About Nick


Nick Prendergast is the MindMatters Programme Leader at beyondblue. He has a Masters in Health Administration, a Bachelor of Youth Affairs and Diploma in Alcohol and Drugs. Nick has worked in the health and community services sectors for over 20 years, predominantly with young people. Prior to joining beyondblue, Nick was the Executive officer for headspace Western Melbourne and Northern Melbourne, a prevention, promotion and early intervention mental health initiative for young people. He was the Manager of the Adolescent Forensic Health service, Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne a statewide health service for youth justice. Nick has worked with the NHS South of England exploring the development of early intervention models in mental health for young people, and has also worked with Det Sociale Netværk in Denmark assisting in the development of similar models for young people.