BIG TALKS FOR LITTLE PEOPLE
The Big Talks for Little People Mental Health Classroom Module is a primary school kit which aims to help school students better understand their mental health and enhance their well-being. This booklet provides a theoretical background to program constructs and includes suggested activities for 6 lessons of 35-40 minutes each.
The program comprises 6 lessons incorporating 6 topics on mental health for young children.
Recommended Learning Strategies will generally be structured in two parts. It is intended for use in primary schools for all students but with a particular emphasis on students who have experienced trauma or challenges within their own mental health and wellbeing including school bullying. Teachers will be able to use a digital platform to run the 6-lesson module in their classrooms. The focus would be on early intervention and prevention for children in each class. The digital module is designed to be updated in response to new events eg COVID-19 – bushfires. The 6 lesson downloadable outlines are accompanied by a digital animation intended to promote classroom discussion.
Teacher Peace Pack and Big Talks for Little People Implementation Index
In addition there is also available a Teacher Implementation Index which is completed by the teacher and provides feedback on the nature and quality of the implementation of the school intervention. This is a quality assurance measure providing us with important feedback enabling the program to be constantly reviewed and updated. The Index takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.
Big Talks for Little People: Child Mental Health Module Questionnaire - Primary (School Year Levels 3-7: Ages 8-12 years)
Questions assess students’ self reported wellbeing, and relationships with other students at school. The surveys are designed to be administered commencing week 1 and finishing in week 6 of the 6 lesson intervention thereby enabling an evaluation of the success of the classroom intervention. Completing the surveys online provides feedback to schools and the opportunity to receive a confidential report.