Youth Mental Health – Risk and Protective Factors

Natasha Wilmann
Youth Health Education for the whole community
Suicide is the leading cause of death for ages between 14 and 24. This program identifies significant adolescent stresses and the protective and risk factors of youth m...
Target Audience
Leading teachers - All Secondary school staff teaching any subjects/methods

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

Suicide has overtaken the number 1 reason for deaths in youth populations (14-24) and is now a greater threat than road accidents. Youth Mental Health is a program designed to understand the significance and deterioration of mental health in young people, the factors that contribute to improving and decreasing mental health, what today’s youth are most worried about, how school environments and individual teacher’s classrooms and strategies can improve youth health and well-being including self-esteem, confidence and resiliency.


Leading teachers - All Secondary school staff teaching any subjects/methods

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

This program looks at incorporating current school policies and implementing them affectively amongst the whole school community. This youth mental health program has interactive activities that allow participants to understand the adolescent psyche. Young people today are misjudged and under-appreciated as youth mental health information and services often only cater for children or adults and many youth aged between 14 and 24 are pushed into inappropriate services.

This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.


There are no occurrences of Face to Face - Individual in Australia (NSW) at this time.


What is mental health and the different types of mental illnesses

2 hours

This session consists of the definitions of mental health and illness, how it is affected through a biopsychosocial model and the different types of mental illness.
- A historical and cultural perspective of Mental health
- Youth mental health issues in high school aged students
- Why youth mental health is deteriorating
- Working on our school Aims and what we want for our youth

How schools and teachers contribute to enhancing and the deterioration of young people’s mental health

2 hours

- The importance of school policy and how to implement it effectively
- Community resources and collaboration
- Aspects of school environments that play a crucial role in promoting youth mental health
- Parent involvement and interactions
- Aspects of individual teachers and classroom strategies that promote mental health
- Perceptions of learning that enhance mental health of students

Services, resources, warning signs and what to do

2 hours

- How to start with your students
- How to identify students at risk
- What information, resources and services are most effective
- Which information and services are not affective and why
- What to do in an emergency

What To Bring

Writing materials and current school policies

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About the team

Natasha Wilmann


Natasha is a Youth Health Education expert and founder of “Youth Health Education”. Natasha utilises a holistic approach examining all areas of health such as physical, emotional, cognitive, social, cultural and spiritual health. Natasha tackles youth health issues by confronting those once, uncomfortable topics, such as sexuality, sexual harassment, alcohol and other drugs, mental health, peer pressure, violence and many more, in a professional, educational and interactive way thereby eradicating community stigma, stereotypes and myths which impact youth health outcomes.

Natasha’s academic background includes exercise physiology, nutrition and sport psychology, Post graduate in Secondary Teaching with a focus on bullying, violence, stress and peer pressure and a Masters in Youth Health Education and Management.

Natasha’s passion and commitment to continued success for positive outcomes is through a whole community approach. Therefore Natasha works with school staff, sporting organisations, parents and students in a positive, holistic way.

Natasha provides a unique perspective having not only the academic background and working with Australian Football League (AFL), Northern League AFL, local councils, Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria, Young Women’s Arthritis Support Group and Volleyball Victoria, but also having many lived experiences as an elite athlete, living with disability and chronic illness and many years of teaching and coaching Victorian sporting teams.