Who participated in YAM (Youth Aware of Mental Health)?
3 Schools in Country South Australia
260+ year 9 & 10 Students
6 YAM Instructors
300+ South Australian Department of Education teachers and staff undertook Question Persuade Refer (QPR) online suicide prevention training
70+ South Australian Department of Education teachers and staff participated in SafeTalk training
20+ South Australian Department of Education teachers and staff participated in Applied Suicide Prevention Training
Students developed their knowledge and understanding of mental health in a manner that wasn’t confronting for them. Students learnt through the use of classroom posters, information booklets, visual presentations, role-plays and group discussions.
Students identified the difference between feelings, stress, crisis situations, depression, and suicidal thoughts. The group discussed and learnt a variety of methods to support themselves, friends and family members to help them in the future. The program was well received by students at our school and we hope to continue the program in the years ahead.