Local services assessment

Students examine mental health services available within their community.

Year Level



5 minutes


  • In class activity

SEL Competencies

  • Responsible decision-making

Learning Intention

Students can identify local services that support their mental health needs.

Key Outcomes

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

  • identify local services available to support their mental health needs
  • assess the effectiveness of local services in meeting their needs.
Activity 01

Instructions 5 min

  1. Ask students to write down five local services they could access for a mental health issue – e.g. GP, youth service, school counsellor, Headspace.
  2. For each service, rank how likely they would be to access this service using the following colour code:
    • red: would not use
    • yellow: might use
    • green: would use.
  3. Ask students what criteria they used to complete this task – e.g. cost, confidentiality, location.
  4. Ask students, for the services marked red, what would make it more likely for them to access the service.

For more information, check out ‘Support services for depression’.