Authors: Nick Kowalenko, John Rapee, Julie Simons, Roger Stonehouse, Ann Wignall
Event: 2000 TheMHS Conference
Subject: depression, youth, book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: ACE aims to build resilience, enhance coping skills & teach positive thinking styles in young people. It's an indicated depression prevention program. It's designed for adolescents with mild symptoms of depression: those who will gain most from joining in the program.
An innovative aspect of the program is the implementation in schools, in small groups of 6-10 students, with co-leaders from education (school counsellors) and community adolescent mental health services. The ACE program is fostering partnerships at all stages of development and implementation, through a consortium enabling collaboration between health, education and research.
Through networking and intersectoral support, with funding limited to co-ordinating and evaluating their activities, NSW health and education professionals have re-oriented their work practices to develop and implement the ACE program in schools.