A Victorian Department of Education and Training funded program.
The Enhancing Mental Health Support in Schools (EMHSS) program provides mental health services to all 327 government secondary schools across Victoria. The program provides support school communities to effectively respond to their students’ mental health concerns and recognises that early identification and response will increase their chances of more positive educational, developmental and wellbeing outcomes.
The EMHSS program comprises of three components:
- Provision of face-to-face counselling services through headspace centres (commissioned by PHNs).
- Provision of a Regional Telephone Service for students of rural and regional schools that are located too far away from a headspace centre (this service component is commissioned by DET through eheadspace).
- Provision of education and training, namely SAFEMinds training (until June 2020) and suicide risk continuum training (until December 2019) to build the capacity of school staff (commissioned by DET through headspace National.)
All components of the program intertwine closely to deliver the objectives of the EMHSS program.