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Schools, kura, ECEs, tertiary institutes and other learning environments are key settings for developing the skills, tools and support we all need to enjoy good mental health and wellbeing.
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Schools, kura, ECEs, tertiary institutes and other learning environments are key settings for developing the skills, tools and support we all need to enjoy good mental health and wellbeing. 

Imagine an Aotearoa where all children were taught about mental health from a young age – how to cope with big feelings, what helps make us feel good, how we can support each other and what to do when times are tough. Our country would be transformed.

The mental health of young New Zealanders is an issue of concern for the MHF and many others – that’s why we’re working to equip schools with programmes, campaigns, tools and resources so they can support and enrich the mental health of their students.

Programmes

Sparklers

Sparklers is a free wellbeing toolkit full of fun classroom activities for tamariki. Sparklers teaches tamariki how to manage big emotions, draw upon their strengths, connect with others and get ready for learning. Sparklers is run by the All Right? programme, which is led by Canterbury Public Health and the Mental Health Foundation.

Pause, Breathe, Smile

Originally developed by the Mental Health Foundation, Pause Breathe Smile is an evidence-based school programme designed to equip Kiwi kids with the skills they need to manage the challenges of everyday life. It aims to boost conflict resolution skills, reduce stress and anxiety, enhance self-awareness, and increase overall wellbeing.


For more information on the Pause Breathe Smile programme and how to get it into a school near you, contact the Mindfulness Education Group.

Resources for schools

Many of our free resources are suitable for school counsellors and others to give to students (with support and guidance). Others help adults, including teachers and counsellors, to connect with young people to have kōrero that counts.