Looking UP!

Inspired by the movie, Don’t Look Up, this year’s theme challenges us to look up, to look forward, to meet head on the challenges of the mental health in young people.

Read on for details of the 2022 MHIS Speakers and Program.

Virtual: 19th - 20th MAY 2022

Once again we are in the midst of pandemic turmoil. With 2022 off to another bumpy start, we know that schools will be disrupted for some time at the beginning of this year. The logistics of planning a large two day conference amidst ongoing uncertainty make it unviable to plan for a May F2F conference. We have therefore made the difficult decision to once again hold the MHIS Conference virtually. This provides certainty that the conference can be held on the planned dates.

We do hope you can join us - it will be another a stellar program! We suggest that you schedule the two days in your diary and register ASAP in order to not miss out on this fantastic conference! We are looking forward to seeing you at the 2022 MHIS Virtual Conference

The program? Planning is in progress and the program will be announced in the coming weeks! We have some outstanding speakers!

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Registrations Now Open

As schools navigate the plethora of existing and emerging programs, technology and offerings; the challenge remains for each school in developing a mental health action plan that is unique to their student group, and built on the understanding and promotion of the life long journey in maintaining optimal mental health.


Early Bird: $385 - before 28th April 2022
Standard: $484 - after 28th April 2022
Payments after 18th May 2022 may incur a late fee.

Who should attend?

  • Teachers
  • School Leaders
  • Heads of School
  • YLCs
  • Student Support Staff
  • Other Professionals Working with Young People


The mental health of young people is a critical challenge facing schools today. One in four young Australians currently has a mental health condition. More young people die from suicide than car accidents each year.  75% of mental illness emerges before the age of 24; 50% before the age of 14. 

Mental health is a crucial factor in both optimal academic performance and resilience against a wide range of risk factors for young people. Educators must be aware of, and understand, how mental illness affects young people, their learning and their school experience. 

The Mental Health in Schools Conference is specifically designed for teachers, school leaders and other staff; providing current mental health challenges for young people, findings from the latest research, and practical, preventative and early intervention measures. Share your learning with many of Australia's premium educators. A unique opportunity.

2022 MHIS Conference Program


9-10.10am: Looking UP, Looking forward

  • Welcome and opening
    Sandra Jelley, MC
  • Suicide prevention, young people and social media
    Dr Jo Robinson, Orygen

10.30 – 12.15am: Contemporary Mental Health & Wellbeing

  • The Final Quarter Education Resources
    Alex Shain
  • Flourish & Nourish in a Changed World
    Michele Chevalley Hedge, A Healthy View

1.05 - 2.15: Mental Health - in Focus

  • Looking hot in 2022: The evolving nature of body image pressures online and offline
    Dr Scott Griffiths, University of Melbourne

2.30 - 4pm: Mental Health and Wellbeing: changing minds, changing lives

  • A lot for a young mind. Supporting student’s social and emotional wellbeing through best practice youth mentoring in schools
    Kathleen Vella, RAISE
  • Beyond false promises and lofty ideals: Being real with young people in the face of mental illness
    Nic Newling, The Champions


9 - 10.40am: Mental Health - in Focus

  • Trauma-Aware Education
    Dr Judith Howard, Queensland University of Technology
  • What's really going on with young men, and how to engage them

11am – 12.30pm Contemporary Issues in Mental Health & Wellbeing

  • Wellbeing for Schools, A First Nations Perspective
    Thara Brown, Culture is Life
  • A Data Informed Approach to Student Wellbeing
    Liam Casson, Director, The Wynne Centre for Boys’ Health and Wellbeing, Christ Church Grammar School, Perth

1.15 -2.15pm: Rethinking understandings of mental health based on the Research

  • Mindfulness in schools: Maximising benefits and minimising harm
    Dr Nicholas Van Dam, Director, Contemplative Studies Centre, University of Melbourne

2.30 - 3.45pm: Building Mental Fitness in Young People

  • Using self-compassion to helpfully regulate our emotions
    Dr James Kirby, University of Queensland

3.45 – 4pm Conference Closing Comments


2022 Mentalicious Mental Health Short Film Competition for Students