Wodonga Senior Secondary College rolling out mental health first aid course for students

Incorporating mental health first aid training into school curriculums was a key suggestion at the recent Albury-Wodonga headspace report card.

MIND MATTERS: Assistant principal Matt Moylan with members of Wodonga Senior Secondary College's wellbeing team Dom Somers, Jenni Jarratt, Tracee Flynn and Jacqui Boehringer.

MIND MATTERS: Assistant principal Matt Moylan with members of Wodonga Senior Secondary College's wellbeing team Dom Somers, Jenni Jarratt, Tracee Flynn and Jacqui Boehringer.

But Wodonga Senior Secondary College is already proving a pioneer in this area with mental health first aid rolling out to all Year 10 students and Year 8 students at the Wodonga Middle Years campus.

Assistant principal Matt Moylan said a decision was made earlier in the year to put two teachers from the Flexible Learning Centre through a week of training in Sydney to deliver the course.

SKILLS FOR LIFE: Year 10 students at Wodonga Senior Secondary College taking part in a mental health first aid class this week. Pictures: SIMON BAYLISS

SKILLS FOR LIFE: Year 10 students at Wodonga Senior Secondary College taking part in a mental health first aid class this week. Pictures: SIMON BAYLISS

Such is the school’s commitment to the mental health of its students, it recently completed renovations to expand its wellbeing centre.

Included in the wellbeing team are three case managers, a Koori support worker, counsellor, defence forces transition worker and a doctor once a week.

Mr Moylan said one of the biggest protective factors was increasing a young person’s ability to seek help for themselves and their friends.