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 required.


Melbourne: 21st - 22nd May 2020, Melbourne Convention Centre
Sydney: 28th - 29th May 2020, Luna Park Function Centre


Extra Early Bird: $595 inc GST (before 31st December 2019)
Early Bird: $660 inc GST (before 30th April 2020)
Standard: $770 inc GST (by 20th May 2020)

Payments after 20th May 2020 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 and school leaders, 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.

Conference Program

Thursday Program, 9am-4.30pm
Session 1: 9 - 10.30am

Contemporary Understandings of Mental Health

Welcome and Introduction

Building more resilient adolescents: Why our best intentions are leading us astray
Dr Brock Bastian, Melbourne Uni, Author of "The other side of happiness"

Session 2: 11am - 12.40pm

Mental Health: Human Connection to Virtual Connection

Liminal Platform: Virtual Reality for Resilience, Emotional Regulation and Wellbeing in Schools
Nick Busietta,  Liminal Virtual Reality

Engaging the primary caregiver
Stephanie Dunn, Educator

Lunch Break

Poster Sessions

Session 3: 1.30 - 2.45pm

The digital world and mental and emotional health

Everything is NOT Awesome:  Technology and the Developing Brain
Dr Michael Nagel, Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast, author of 13 books on child development & learning

Session 4: 3 - 4.30pm

Building Mentally Fit Schools: Mental health initiatives for schools

Empowering Australia’s secondary students to sustain their own mental health and wellbeing through education programs
Shannon Malone-Brierly, Educator, MIECAT

'Jess Chooses Life'  - Live Performance (Melbourne Only)
A play written by well-known acting identity Alan Hopgood AM. This play has been endorsed by Mental Health Victoria

Mind Blank for Schools Program - The Story of Dan - Live Performance (Sydney only)
Mind Blank is a multi-award winning mental health promotion charity that educates young people about help-seeking methods for mental health issues and suicide-prevention through interactive theatre. 

Friday Program 9am - 3.30pm
Session 1: 9 - 10.40am

Contemporary Understandings of Mental Health

Narcissistic traits in children - what does it look like, where does it come from, and is it so bad?
Dr Kate Derry, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Western Australia, one of Australia’s foremost authorities on the construct of narcissism

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

Session 2: 11.20am - 1pm

Mental illness: Changing Minds, Changing Lives

We tell boys and young men to open up more. But are we ready to listen?
Dr Zac Seidler, Clinical Psychologist, Director of Health Professional Training at Movember

Prevent Alcohol Risk-related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y) Program (Royal Melbourne Hospital and Royal Sydney Hospital
Kylie Crisp (presenting in Melbourne), Registered Nurse, Coordinator of the RMH PA.R.T.Y Program

Lunch Break

Poster Sessions

Session 3: 1.45 - 3.45pm

Building Mentally Fit Environments in Schools

School Violence, Bullying, Stress and Mental Health - The PEACE Pack Intervention
Professor Phillip Slee, Flinders University, SA

Closing Remarks

3.45pm Conference Close


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NESA Endorsement - The 2020 Mental Health in Schools Conference: From Awareness to Action: Building Mentally Fit Schools will contribute 11 hours and 15 minutes QTC Registered PD addressing 4.1.2, 4.2.2, 4.3.2, 4.4.2, 4.5.2, 6.2.2, 7.3.2, from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

TQI Endorsement - The 2020 Mental Health in Schools Conference: From Awareness to Action: Building Mentally Fit Schools will contribute 10 hours TQI Registered PD for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in the ACT.