As an experienced Teacher and Student Wellbeing Coordinator, Stephanie is deeply passionate about the work teachers and professionals do for the students in their care. She has a long passion for wellness and the promotion of mental health, particularly in young adults. In 2017 Stephanie was awarded a NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarship funded by the Anika Foundation, which enabled her to research proactive strategies for Engaging the Primary Care Giver: Youth mental health education, prevention and intervention in the context of family and school collaboration internationally.
Engaging the Primary Care Giver: Youth mental health education, prevention and intervention in the context of family and school collaboration.
Schools have a unique opportunity to create an informed, inclusive and accepting support system that brings together parents, teachers and agency workers focussed on the goal of improving the quality of education and life for young people struggling with mental health. In striving for authentic engagement schools must have a clear vision and purposeful approach to fostering connectedness with a direct intention to focus on productive partnerships, not intervention. In order to achieve this, school executives must be courageous in addressing unconscious bias at a personnel or systemic level. They must be open to and engage in a strategic review of policy and practice, teacher training and mental health programs implemented to enhance mental health literacy and wellbeing for young people. In doing so, schools will be providing an experience of learning and connecting that develops within young people a coping toolkit with positive help seeking strategies that over time will continually assist them in overcoming mental health adversity, build resilient families and thrive in life well beyond the school gates.