New Lambton Public School students make mental health first aid kits

PREPARATION: Teacher Shelley Betts with students Zara (Left) and Annabelle (Right) displaying their mental health first aid kits.
PREPARATION: Teacher Shelley Betts with students Zara (Left) and Annabelle (Right) displaying their mental health first aid kits.

NEW LAMBTON Public School students have made mental health first aid kits as a way of preparing for the transition to high school. 

The year 6 students have been studying mental health throughout the year and have taken responsibility for the daunting passage by making self-help kits. 

Principal Megan Avery has hailed the initiative run by teacher Shelley Betts and believes the concept could have wider use. 

“We are hoping other schools or community groups will replicate the kits to spread their benefit, and I know the process of studying the subject and thinking how that study can be put to good use has put our current year 6 students in a great position to move seamlessly into high school,” Ms Avery said. 

The kits, which include sensory objects, words of affirmation and links to internet resources, will be presented on Friday at a whole-school wellbeing day.

Yoga and mediation will also be on offer to help kids understand how they can be calm, happy and resilient.