OutaSite: Intergalactic Guide to High School”, transition to high school educational CD ROM

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Authors: Central Coast Health, Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Service, and Department of Education and Training (DET), Central Coast District Office.

Year: 2004

Event: 2004 TheMHS Awards


Type of resource: TheMHS Awards

Award state: NSW

Award level: Winner

Award category: Mental Health Promotion or Mental Illness Prevention Program or Project

Abstract: Focus groups of local Year 6 & 7 students and research findings indicate that transition from Primary to High School is a time of high mental health risk.. An interactive CD ROM, ”OutaSite: an intergalactic guide to high school” was developed by Health and Education workers as a fun, engaging and informative resource that could be used in class and individually with identified “at risk” students. The CD ROM has games, quizzes and information around mental health issues like stress and anger management, bullying, conflict resolution, and making friends. It explores issues around help seeking and problem solving in real school scenarios and has video of students relating their experience of going to high school. The CD ROM has an extensive teachers area outlining successful transition programs that have been developed in local schools. 3000 copies of OutaSite were distributed state-wide through schools and the School –Link Network. Description of Facility/Organisation: “OutaSite” was a project of School-Link, a collaboration between the Central Coast Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Service and the Department of Education, Central Coast District Office. School-Link is a project that was an initiative of the Centre for Mental Health and is aimed at promoting emotional wellbeing in schools. The School-Link Co-ordinator works with both Health and Education in promoting programs that address mental health issues in schools. The Children and Young Peoples Mental Health (CYPMH) Program is a Team of the Central Coast Mental Health Service working with children and adolescents aged 0-18 years. It services the Central Coast area located between Sydney and Newcastle with a population of approximately 300.000 people. CYMPH is funded through the NSW Department of Health and has team of approximately 30 mental health workers.

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