“Overall I found the day super informative to the point where I believe this course should be compulsory for the senior grades as it truly is a beneficial program.” (Year 12 student, live event)
“The agenda hit the nail on the head, deals with the issues that are relevant and our school is focusing on. It is very important for students. We want to send more students next year.” (Deputy Head Senior School, live program)
“Overall, a great day and I thoroughly enjoyed the speakers and how interactive it was. They were very engaging presentations and I enjoyed the day a great deal.” (Year 12 student, webcast)
“Amazing. So on topic. Culture-building activities that affect the school environment positively.” (Dean of Students, webcast)
On Friday, 11th March 2016 we held our Generation Next Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People Student Program on the Gold Coast with great success! 212 Year 11 and 12 student leaders from local schools attended the day. For the first time, the event was also webcast live, with 492 students, mostly Year 11 and 12 from 11 schools participating via a live weblink from Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
Held during school hours, the program:
- Equipped participants with skills and understanding to help maintain mental and emotional wellbeing
- Provided students with valuable strategies and tools to:
- Improve learning
- Create a positive digital footprint & engage in healthy technology use
- Build stronger, healthier and safer relationships.
The program adopted interactive components including polling and Q&A made available via an online platform, which enabled students from both the live event and the webcast audience alike to participate in the day by voting for their preferred answers, contributing to the discussion and asking questions. In particular, the day featured choice pathways providing students the opportunity to shape the discussion and challenge ideas in relation to healthy relationships, a dedicated Q&A in terms of managing their online presence and discussion, and comments and voting to share their perspectives and opinions in relation to the topics covered. Feedback from participating schools indicated that 80% or more students participated in these interactive components of the day.
Feedback has been very positive, with a 90% satisfaction rating from teachers and students for the live event and a 96% satisfaction rating from teachers and students participating in the live webcast. Crucially, 90% of students felt the program would have a strong impact on how to look after their wellbeing, with 90% of teachers also indicating that the program would have a strong positive impact on their students’ wellbeing.
We are running the program again in Melbourne on 15th July. Schools are invited to send their Year 11 and 12 student leaders to the event or register for the free webcast trial. To register, simply email the names of the students and a copy of their student ID to [email protected].