Improving Wellbeing, Mental Health & Resilience in Education

Creating safe & healthy environments for student success

The Improving Wellbeing, Mental Health & Resilience in Education conference was held on 16-17 September 2019 and bought together over 200 school leaders, teachers, counsellors, and other school staff from across New Zealand.

The conference gave the attendees crucial insights into and advise on building both student & teacher resilience and wellbeing.

Conferenz would like to thank all those that helped with the research for the event, the speakers who presented at the event, the Chair, Colin Donald, and the delegates who attended. Conferenz would also like to thank the supporting organisations and exhibitors.

Speaker highlights included:

  • Dr Katie FitzpatrickAssociate Professor of Health and Physical Education & Head of School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, The University of Auckland - Faculty of Education
  • Sue HaldaneCreative Director, Mind Over Manner
  • Genevieve Mora and Jazz Thornton, Voices of Hope
  • Dr Melanie WoodfieldClinical Psychologist & Health Research Council Foxley Fellow
  • Dr Emma WoodwardDirector of Psychological Services, The Child Psychology Service

Key topics covered over the two days included: 

  • Evidence-based wellbeing/hauora programmes that protect student mental health & resilience 
  • Identifying & acting on crucial red flags of student depression & risk 
  • Getting the right help for students – pastoral care & external assistance 
  • Understanding your legal obligations (& rights) in the face of difficult mental health issues 
  • How to manage physical bullying incidents, violence & trauma 
  • Integrating student voice into your wellbeing programme 
  • Identifying & managing principal & teacher burnout 
  • The right steps to re-integrate students with previous mental health issues with success 
  • Successfully integrating international students into school & NZ culture
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