Making a splash

Schools throughout WA are signing up to be a part The Big Splash WA campaign to improve the mental health and well-being of their students.

Developed in partnership with the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service, the campaign focuses on three key messages:

  1. Start the conversation – it’s good to talk about mental health and well-being so they don’t become taboo subjects that kids (and adults) feel they can’t discuss.
  2. You are not alone – everyone goes through periods of feeling sad, afraid, lonely, overwhelmed or not being able to cope … it’s normal and a part of being human.
  3. Help is available – family and friends are often happy and keen to help, and there are lots of organisations we can turn to for support when times are tough.

The Big Splash WA team have developed a series of engaging resource kits for kids from kindergarten to year 12 packed full of age appropriate practical advice and information about mental health.

All Big Splash WA schools will receive downloadable resource kits for students along with guidelines for teachers and parents on how to use them in the classroom and at home. The first 46 schools to sign up for the campaign will also receive a dolphin sculpture for their students to paint and decorate.

To find out more about The Big Splash WA and how your school can get involved, contact Ruth O’Boyle or Deidre Whiston at Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation on (08) 9489 1100 or visit The Big Splash WA website.

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