Students develop ideas to contribute to a community action plan for promoting help-seeking at their school.

Year level



5 minutes


In class activity

Year assembly activity

SEL Competencies

Social awareness

Responsible decision-making

Learning intention

Students know how to promote help-seeking at their school.

Key outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify practical ways to promote help-seeking at their school

  • contribute to a health promotion strategy at their school.

Materials needed

  • Post-it notes (three per student)

  • Pens

Mapped to

Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

  • Plan and implement strategies, using health resources, to enhance their own and others’ health, safety, relationships and wellbeing (AC9HP8P10)

  • Plan, rehearse and evaluate strategies for managing situations where their own or others’ health, safety or wellbeing may be at risk (AC9HP10P08)

Australian Curriculum: General Capabilities

  • Personal and Social Capability:

    • Social awareness

    • Social management

NSW PDHPE Syllabus

  • Examines and demonstrates the role help-seeking strategies and behaviours play in supporting themselves and others (PD4-2)

  • Assesses their own and others’ capacity to reflect on and respond positively to challenges (PD5-1)

  • Plans, implements and critiques strategies to promote health, safety, wellbeing and participation in physical activity in their communities (PD5-7)

Victorian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

  • Plan and use strategies and resources to enhance the health, safety and wellbeing of their communities(VCHPEP130)

  • Evaluate situations and propose appropriate emotional responses and then reflect on possible outcomes of different responses to health and wellbeing (VCHPEP147)

Show details

Activity 1


5 minutes

  1. Remind students of the importance of seeking professional help when concerned about their own mental health or that of a friend.

  2. Provide each student with three Post-it notes. Ask students to write down three practical ways their school could promote and reduce the stigma around help-seeking. Place the notes on a whiteboard. Answers could include: normalise visits to the school counsellor; set up an information board; have mental health Fridays.

  3. Cluster Post-it notes into key themes that can be recorded and shared with the SRC, student leadership group or executive wellbeing staff.


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