Secondary school Year Advisors' perspectives on their role, responsibilities and training needs for student mental health: Insights from a co-design workshop [post]

Bridianne O'Dea, Melissa Anderson, Mirjana Subotic-Kerry, Belinda Parker
2021 unpublished
Anxiety and depression commonly emerge during adolescence and secondary schools are well placed to recognise deteriorations in young people's mental health. In Australian secondary schools, Year Advisors (or year co-ordinators), have been identified as key teaching staff for assisting students with their mental health and facilitating help-seeking. However, there is little understanding of the responsibilities of this role and the mental health training needs of these educators. In December
more » ... , 12 secondary school Year Advisors from NSW, Australia, took part in a one-day co-design workshop that explored their current role in caring for student mental health and developed a resource that matched their training needs. This paper explores the insights generated from this workshop and outlines a way to engage end-users in the design of mental health training programs. The workshop attendees strongly supported the development of an adolescent mental health training program that was specific to the Year Advisor role, improved their knowledge of adolescent mental health, and developed their skills and confidence to support students in need.
doi:10.21203/ fatcat:z5gk4hafgvdxfjrcttg64zimya