Youth Mental Health Development for the Classroom and Group Activities

Natasha Wilmann
Youth Health Education for the whole community
This program identifies significant adolescent stresses & the protective and risk factors and classroom activities used to improve youth mental health.
Target Audience
Secondary school teachers wanting to promote and/or increase positive emotional health within their classrooms.

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

Suicide has overtaken the number one 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 and to introduce teacher’s to classroom activities and strategies which improve youth mental health, including self-esteem, confidence and resiliency.


Secondary school teachers wanting to promote and/or increase positive emotional health within their classrooms.

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

This program looks specifically at youth mental health and 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. Many youth aged between 14 and 24 are pushed into inappropriate services.

Teaching staff will be able to use the individual teaching tools for all classes as well as activities specifically designed for youth mental health education.

There are two hours pre-reading in addition to the 6-hour course.

This course contributes to 8.0 professional development hours.


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


What is mental health and the different types of mental illnesses

1 hour and 30 minutes

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 (why society thinks of MH the way we do)
- Youth mental health issues in high school aged students
- Why youth mental health is deteriorating

Classroom environments and activities for promoting positive mental health

2 hours

This session looks at;-
- Aspects of individual teachers and classroom strategies that promote mental health (positive learning in any subject)
- Perceptions of learning that enhance mental health of students
- Identifying and applying strategies to your class and/or/lesson plan
- Looking at specific activities for Secondary school year levels, the corresponding AusVEL levels and outcomes for Health and Well-being classes (Specific for health/PE and pastoral care/homeroom teachers)

Services, resources, warning signs and what to do

2 hours

This session looks at;-
- Classroom activities- student work on identity, resilience and characteristics of self.
- 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

Q & A

30 minutes

What To Bring

1. Writing materials and comfortable clothing to move around in.
2. A copy of your school values and any other relevant school policies e.i. school engagement/ harassment/bulling policies.
3. A copy of one or more of your lessons (health, maths, science, etc) to apply positive MH strategies.

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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 a Bachelors in Applied Science of exercise physiology, nutrition and sport psychology, Post graduate in Secondary Teaching with a focus on bullying, violence, stress and peer pressure. Her Masters in Youth Health Education and Management focused on Youth Mental Health, Sexuality and Respectful Relationships and Alcohol and other Drugs.

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,Volleyball Victoria and VicBeach, 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.