Conference Program

2018 Mental Health in Schools (MHIS) Conference: 
From Awareness to Action: Building Mentally Fit Schools


Melbourne: The Millhouse, Wednesday 23th May, 6-7.30pm
Sydney: The Deck, Wednesday 30th May, 6-7.30pm

6-7.30pm: an opportunity for a little indulgence and to meet other delegates in a relaxed atmosphere.
RSVP for the conference opening to is required!


Melbourne: The Melbourne Convention Centre, Thursday 24-25th May
Sydney: Luna Park Function Centre, 31st May - 1st June

Thursday Program, 9am-4.45pm

Session 1 – Mental Health: From Awareness to Action

Preventing depression, anxiety and suicide in high school students
Scientia Professor Helen Christensen, The Black Dog Institute (Sydney)
Dr Yael Perry, UWA, UNSW & The Black Dog Institute (Melbourne)

Session 2 – Championing Life, Championing Mental Health

Mindfulness - the hype, the hopes and the fears
Associate Professor Craig Hassed

Mental Health Initiatives for Schools 
Strive, Tolerate, Grow©: Embracing failure, increasing resilience, improving learning
Dr Bridget McPherson, Ivanhoe Girls'Grammar

Lunch Break - Poster Sessions

Session 3 – Mental Fitness in Practice: Innovative Solutions 

Adolescent Sleep and Mental Health: Lessons for Schools from the SENSE (Sleep and Education: learning New Skills Early) Study
Dr Orli Schwartz

Ocean Mind – Changing lives through surfing (Melbourne)
Rachael Parker & Richy Bennett

Child and Youth Suicide Prevention in the School Context (Sydney)
Donna Redman

The Minefields Suite of Programs: Addressing the Social emotional learning puzzle in schools
Dr Julie Bower

Session 4 - Revisiting what schools do best

"Let's Get Kooky!", A Divergent Thinking Masterclass
Dr Shannon Morton

Friday Program 9am - 3.30pm

Session 1 - Mental Health: From Awareness to Action

Building a better future: Supporting positive mental health in children and young people in educational settings
Georgie Harman, CEO Beyondblue

Mentalicious - Propsych's inaugural Mental Health Short Film Competition for Students
Finalists and Winner announced, $500 Prize awarded

Session 2 – Mental Illness & Changing Minds: Respectful and inclusive environments

Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools
Alex Shain

Affirmation Plans - on the same page
Xris Reardon

Lunch Break - Poster Sessions

Session 3 – Building Mentally Fit Schools  

What does it take to develop evidence-based wellbeing programs for secondary schools?
Dr Danielle Einstein, Honorary Associate, Macquarie University and the University of Sydney. 

Youth Aware or Mental Health (YAM) 
Dr Rebecca-Lee Kuhnert, Lyndal Halliday & Rachel Green, The Black Dog Institute

Raise Foundation
Vicki Condon

Man Up – A School Based Mental Health Initiative
Luke Barry-Donnellan, Parramatta Marist High School

... and other Mental Health Initiatives. Check here for updates

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