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10 March 2021
Northern Grampians Shire Council will partner schools and kindergartens across the municipality as part of Resilience Project 2021.
The Resilience Project involves presentations and programs for schools to help build mental-health resilience among students, staff and the wider school communities.
The project aims to make talking about mental health accessible and practical wellbeing activities fun.
The project focuses on gratitude, empathy, mindfulness – GEM – and emotional literacy as key elements to build resilience to give participants the tools they need to grow a strong foundation for good mental health.
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The council has provided more than $50,000 for the project from Community Bushfire Recovery Event funding.
Due to travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the program this year will be online, with Northern Grampians Shire teachers leading the project in classrooms.
Along with the in-school projects and presentations, each student will receive a free resilience diary.
Stawell Primary School principal Robyn Jones said the funding had been a fantastic boost for the program in 2021 and thanked the council on behalf of shire schools.
“The funding has given all our schools access to incredible on-line resources and the provision of student journals,” she said
“We all know the importance of building positive mental-health strategies, particularly during these times.
“Having the opportunity to once again be part of the Resilience Project gives the Stawell community a chance to do just that, starting with our youth.
“As leaders of our school communities, we are very excited and grateful for this opportunity.”
Northern Grampians mayor Murray Emerson said it was wonderful to have the project in district schools.
“Research tells us that young people can be just as vulnerable when facing issues with mental health as the rest of the population, so we are proud to be able to provide this program here,” he said.
“The other great thing about this project and why council is thrilled to be able to provide support is these lessons are then taken home from school, which then strengthens the mental-health resilience of the whole community.
“The principals’ network has worked really hard to have this program in our area.
“It was a great success when the Resilience Project first launched in the area in 2018 and 2019, and our education leaders must be acknowledged for their efforts in ensuring local students and families receive these high-quality programs.”
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