MHiPS Overview

The MHiPS Model

The model comprises a Mental Health Wellbeing Leader (MHWL) role (an experienced educator) and an evidence-based training program.

The model has been informed by a needs analysis phase which included consultation in 331 schools across metropolitan, rural and regional Victoria and more than 1000 teacher surveys. A key strength of  the model’s design is that it builds on existing school wellbeing and mental health structures while helping the education and health sectors to work together.

The MHWL Role

The role of the MHWL is to build the capability of the whole school about mental health and wellbeing (identification, promotion and prevention), provide support to staff to better identify and support students with mental health needs, establish clear pathways for referral for students requiring assessment and intervention, and monitor and evaluate student progress.

MHWL role

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The Training Program

The training program comprises three core modules:

  • Mental Health Literacy
  • Building Capacity
  • Supporting Need

It provides targeted content, tools, and resources to enable the successful implementation of the MHWL role. The learning from these modules is strengthened and extended through regular Communities of Practice sessions across the year.

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Proudly in partnership with

MHiPS would like to acknowledge the Ian Potter Foundation and the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, SALT Catalyst, Bupa, the RE Ross Trust and the R.M. Ansett Trust for their support in establishing the program.