Resilient Kids

Building wellbeing in our next generation

Good mental health is important for every child’s development, to help them deal with challenges, feel good about themselves, build healthy relationships and enjoy life.

Healthy North Coast is partnering with schools, parents and caregivers, and mental health experts to design and deliver mental health and wellbeing supports for children and young people across the Northern Rivers.

Resilient Kids program

The Resilient Kids program will implement mental health and trauma-informed supports for primary and secondary school-aged children across the Northern Rivers as part of the recovery response to the recent March 2022 flood events. It is funded through a $10 million grant from the National Emergency Management Agency and is being delivered by Healthy North Coast.

Resilient Kids will follow a robust commissioning process with 3 key stages: consultation, co-design, and delivery.

Stage 1: Consultation

Resilience Survey

For the first time ever, children and young people across the Northern Rivers will be invited to participate in the Resilience Survey in October 2022. Completely anonymous and delivered in school time, the survey will help us understand what’s going on for our young people and establish a baseline so we can track improvements over time.

Consultation with priority groups 

With parental or guardian support, children and young people with disability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families can give their feedback in dedicated consultation sessions.

Survey information for schools and parents and caregivers is below.

Stage 2: Design

Using information from the Resilience Survey and consultations, mental health service providers will come together with young people and communities to plan the type of mental health and wellbeing supports we want to meet the needs of young people in our region.

Stage 3: Deliver

In early 2023, Healthy North Coast will invite service providers to tender to deliver agreed initiatives under the Resilient Kids program. Service providers will be funded by Healthy North Coast to roll out the Resilient Kids initiatives to Northern Rivers children and young people from mid-2023.

Find out more about delivering the survey to your school community and register your participation.

Be part of a community approach to help build resilience and wellbeing in our young people.

Resilience Survey — information for schools

As part of the Resilient Kids program, Healthy North Coast is partnering with schools to deliver Resilient Youth Australia’s Resilience Survey to schools across the Northern Rivers in October 2023.

Over 500,000 young Australians and over 1,500 schools nationwide have participated in the Resilience Survey.

The Resilience Survey can be completed within 30 minutes and students will participate during a nominated class time. The survey is confidential and safe — all student data is non-identified and anonymous, and data transmission and storage is secure.

Facilitated consultation sessions may also be conducted in partnership with schools to support children with disability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Each school will have their own secure client portal to access real-time aggregated survey data and interactive insight reports.

As well as informing the Resilient Kids program across the Northern Rivers, the survey will also deliver an evidence-based data set for your school population, giving a rich picture of student wellbeing, specific to different age groups and cohorts. This will help your school to design targeted wellbeing initiatives, tailor classroom approaches and plan for professional development.

The online survey is accessed via a website link and a unique code is supplied to each school. It is completed online in class time and under teacher supervision. Students will be able to complete the survey in under 30 minutes.

Resilient Youth Australia has provided resources for schools undertaking the survey.

Resilient Youth Australia has provided resources for schools undertaking the survey, including a checklist for principals, advice for teachers supervising the survey and an instructional video.

For technical assistance or support for the survey, please contact:

Scott Jennens
Partnerships Manager – Resilient Youth Australia
[email protected]
0476 282 711

Your school’s survey data will be available through a secure online portal in a full range of formats, with easy to read and interpret gender and year level detail. Information and data gathered from Catholic schools will be available from the school’s pastoral lead. A Regional Report will also be distributed to participating schools as part of the Resilient Kids program.

Schools should nominate a survey administrator who can complete this quick registration form.

Further support information will be sent to your nominated administrator.

Resilience Survey — information for parents and caregivers

As part of the Resilient Kids program, Healthy North Coast is partnering with schools to deliver Resilient Youth Australia’s Resilience Survey to schools across the Northern Rivers in October 2022.

The Resilience Survey can be completed within 30 minutes and students will participate during a nominated class time. The survey is confidential and safe — all student data is non-identified and anonymous, and data transmission and storage is secure.

The Resilience Survey is Australia’s most widely utilised mental health and wellbeing survey for schools, already completed by more than 500,000 students in over 1,500 schools since 2013. It is conducted by Resilient Youth Australia, a leader in mental health and wellbeing data for Australia’s youth, and was co-designed with the University of South Australia.

We need to understand how our young people are doing and design supports to meet their needs. The survey will establish a baseline, so we can see what impact the Resilient Kids program has over time.
No. The survey is voluntary, but the more young people that participate, the better picture we’ll have of how our young people are doing and the better we can respond. Parents and caregivers can opt out of the survey on behalf of the young person in their care. If a young person doesn’t want to participate, they don’t have to. 
No. The Resilience Survey is completely private and confidential. Teachers, school staff, friends, and parents will never know individual students’ answers. Answers for the entire year group or school are always combined and displayed together. If fewer than five students in a year or school answer a certain question, then the results for that question are not displayed. 

Students will complete the survey online or as a paper copy at school during school time. It is user-friendly for students aged 7 years and over, and takes about 30 minutes to complete. 

The Resilience Survey asks young people about their thoughts and feelings related to school, family, friendships, community, and themselves. It incorporates gold-standard international measures of anxiety, depression, hopefulness, life satisfaction and coping.
  • “Do you feel safe at school?”  
  • “I have a teacher who cares about me”  
  • “Do you have fun at school?”  

The survey has been reviewed and approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of Adelaide (approval number 22/82). This research project will be conducted according to the NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (Updated 2018).

If you wish to speak with an independent person regarding any concerns, please contact the Human Research Ethics Subcommittee on [email protected] or (08) 8313 4936. Any concern will be treated in confidence and you will be informed of the outcome.

There are no questions in the survey that refer to recent flood events. We understand there’s a risk that some young people might recall or think about those events and become upset or anxious. In that case, parents are encouraged to link back to already established family, community or school supports. There is also links to youth mental health services below.

Mental health support for young people

Healthy North Coast funds and supports a range of services to support mental health and wellbeing for children and young people. 

headspace

headspace centres offer mental health support and advice for young people aged 12 to 25. All services are free or low cost. Headspace centres are located at the Lismore Health Precinct at South Cross University, Tweed and Grafton, and are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Alternatively, headspace can also support young people online or by phone.

Safe Haven Community and wellbeing hubs

Located in Woodburn, Lismore, Mullumbimby and Murwillumbah, Safe Haven hubs are open to anyone seeking mental health support, including their family, friends and carers.  Safe Haven hubs are open 12 — 6pm every day. Drop-ins are encouraged and you don’t need a referral or appointment. Visit the Safe Haven website to learn more.

If you need immediate support:

  • 24hr Mental Health Line — 1800 011 511
  • Lifeline — 13 11 14
  • Beyond Blue — 1300 224 636
  • For children under 12 years: 24/7 Kids Helpline — 1800 551 800
  • In an emergency, call 000 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department