Help inform a project for better child mental health

A child looking unhappy while home schooling.
  15 August 2021  The University of Melbourne

Are you a young person with lived experience of a mental health problem whilst you were in primary school (5-12 years old)?

Are you a parent or carer who has experience in caring for a child with a mental health problem?

Are you a health professional who has expertise in childhood mental health problems?

We need you to help us develop guidelines about how adults living and working with primary/elementary school aged children (5-12 years old), can support a child who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

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Promote this feedback opportunity to your networks

Flyers are available below to help promote this opportunity to various groups of stakeholders. The flyers contain a link and a QR code that will direct you a short online survey with more information about the research, and an enrolment form to check if you are eligible.

 Teachers, school staff and health professionals
 Mental health professionals
 Parents and carers
 People aged 16 to 25 who experienced mental illness in their primary school years

About the research

This research aims to develop publicly available guidelines about how adults living and working with primary/elementary school aged children (5-12 years old), can support a child who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

We are conducting a Delphi expert consensus study and are looking for four types of experts to develop the guidelines: young people with lived experience of mental health problems in their primary/elementary years, parents or carers with experience of caring for a child/children with a mental health problem/s, health professionals who primarily care for children with mental health concerns, and primary/elementary teachers/school staff.

About the research team

This research is being conducted by a team of researchers at the Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, Australia, in partnership with Mental Health First Aid Australia (Ethics approval number 21342). The responsible researcher is Dr Laura Hart (Tel: +61 8344 0612 Email: lhart@unimelb.edu.au) and the Research Assistant is Catherine Johnson (Tel: +61 9035 7876 Email: catherine.johnson@unimelb.edu.au). Also on the research team are Professor Anthony Jorm, Professor Harriet Hiscock and Dr Claire Kelly.

This work is part of a project that North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network has helped to commission. More information is available on our website.