Theory of wellbeing
Professor Martin Seligman, one of the world's leading researchers in positive psychology and human flourishing, suggests that wellbeing is cultivated by the presence in our lives of positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment. In agreement with many other researchers, we believe that the cultivation of your health is also important. Yeppoon State High School adopt this research-based wellbeing framework known as 'PERMAH' which has the following six pillars:
Positive emotion – experiencing good feelings like happiness, peace and joy.
Engagement – being fully engaged in a task and living with interest and curiosity.
Relationships – having solid relationships with self and others, feeling loved and connected.
Meaning – having a purpose in life, feeling worthwhile and serving a cause greater than ourselves.
Accomplishment – striving for and achieving things that really matter to us.
Health – establishing habits that increase physical and psychological health.
Wellbeing and learning
The importance of wellbeing for learning is well evidenced - students learn best in environments where their social, emotional and physical wellbeing is nurtured.
"Wellbeing is a state in which every individual realises his or her potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community." (World Health Organisation, 2014)
Department of Education
The health and wellbeing of staff and students can have a significant impact on learning. The Department of Education website provides information and resources for creating and maintaining healthy and safe working and learning environments. www.education.qld.gov.au/initiatives-and-strategies/health-and-wellbeing
SchoolTV is an online wellbeing resource accessible through the Yeppoon State High School website. The videos, fact sheets and resources address a comprehensive range of topics that typically challenge parents of teenagers and are designed to connect, inform and empower parents to engage positively and support their children. www.yeppoonshs.eq.schooltv.me/category-latest-newsletter
Supporting students' mental health and wellbeing during the Coronavirus pandemic is a priority for the department. To assist parents and carers to talk to their children about Coronavirus and support their wellbeing, the department has developed: COVID-19 advice for parents and carers (PDF, 151KB). Further information and links are available through the Coronavirus news feed on the Yeppoon State High School website. www.yeppoonshs.eq.edu.au/calendar-and-news/news/coronavirus-update
With more people staying home and having increased access to the online environment as COVID-19 sweeps the globe, it is important for us to be aware of how to keep children safe online. The Australia's eSafety Commissioner is committed to keeping citizens safe online and helps Australians deal with online abuse. www.esafety.gov.au
Where to go for other support and resources
Head to Health
Provided by the Australian Department of Health, Head to Health brings together apps, online programs, online forums, and phone services, as well as a range of digital information resources. www.headtohealth.gov.au
On the Beyond Blue website, you will find suggested activities, guidance and inspiration to help you find the balance in all areas of your life while navigating the ups and downs, including online chat support, telephone support and online forums. www.beyondblue.org.au
People call Lifeline's 24 hour crisis line 13 11 14 about personal crisis, anxiety, depression, loneliness, abuse and trauma, stresses from work, family or society and self-help information for friends and family. Lifeline have many referral pathways and information to help with food, finance, counselling and all your other concerns. www.lifeline.org.au
Kids helpline offers free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25, with practical help and emotional support for when they need someone to listen. www.kidshelpline.com.au
eheadspace is Australia's national online and phone support service, staffed by experienced youth mental health professionals. It provides young people and carers with a safe, secure and anonymous place to talk to a professional – wherever they are. www.headspace.org.au
ReachOut is a 24/7 online mental health organisation for young people and their parents with information, practical support, self-help tools and tips to help young people get through anything from everyday issues to tough times. www.au.reachout.com