Our children and young people spend upwards of 30 hours per week in the care of educators – from early learning services through to primary and secondary school. Providing educators with the tools to foster resilience, and social and emotional wellbeing, is an investment in the future of our children and young people.

That’s where Be You comes in. Be You is a national framework to empower every Australian educator – from early learning to primary and secondary school as well as our next generation of educators – to foster the mental health of those in their care, and their own wellbeing.
In this presentation, Georgie Harman (Beyond Blue CEO) / Nadine Bartholomeusz-Raymond (Beyond Blue General Manager Education and Families) will share the philosophy behind this single, integrated national initiative. They’ll share the Professional Learning which is accessible to all educators in early learning services, primary schools and secondary schools across the country, and to those currently studying Education in the tertiary sector. The presentation will explain the structure of the Professional Learning, which is made up of five domains and 13 modules.

About Georgie

Georgie Harman has significant and broad-ranging leadership, policy and service delivery experience in the community, public and private sectors.

Georgie was appointed as the CEO of beyondblue in May 2014 where she has led a significant expansion of effort and results in service innovation, suicide prevention and digital solutions. Previously, she was the Deputy CEO of the National Mental Health Commission, providing independent advice to government on mental health reform.

From 2006-2012, Georgie had national responsibility for mental health, suicide prevention, substance misuse, cancer and chronic disease policy and programs as a senior executive at the Commonwealth Department of Health. She led the development of the largest ever mental health Budget package. At the same time, she was responsible for the strategy and development of legislation to introduce plain packaging of tobacco products in Australia – a world first.

Georgie has also led national reforms to lift Australia’s organ and tissue donation rates and worked in the HIV/AIDS sector in Australia and the UK.

About Nadine

Nadine Bartholomeusz-Raymond is the General Manager of the Education and Families Group at Beyond Blue. The Education and Families Group are committed to creating and implementing initiatives in education and home environments which will build a generation of mentally health kids across Australia.

Nadine is currently leading Be You – a national initiative focused on providing educators in early learning services and in schools with the resources and support to build positive, inclusive and resilient learning environments where children, young people, staff and families can experience their best possible mental health. Nadine’s work also includes developing Beyond Blue’s approach to working with parents and carers to increase the resilience in children aged 0- 12.

About ‘Be You’
Be You aims to transform Australia’s approach to supporting children’s and young people’s mental health in early learning services and schools.
Be You promotes mental health and wellbeing, from the early years to 18, and offers educators and learning communities evidence-based online professional learning, complemented by a range of tools and resources to turn learning into action. Be You empowers educators, helping them to develop valuable mental health skills and knowledge, while also providing an effective model for implementing a whole-learning community approach to mental health and wellbeing.