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Life skills

Health education: Mental health promotion

When applied to the issue of mental health, skills-based health education can be part of a broader effort to create a healthy psycho-social environment at school. A healthy school environment has been shown to enhance students' psycho-social and emotional well-being and learning outcomes when it:

  • promotes cooperation rather than competition;
  • facilitates supportive, open communications;
  • views the provision of creative opportunities as important; and
  • prevents physical punishment, bullying, harassment and violence.

As an example, the Gatehouse Project has been developing and evaluating a school-based mental health promotion strategy in Australia since 1996.



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