Open Parachute

Mental Health
resources tailored
to your needs.

Your school has provided you with
mental health resources. Learn more
about them below.

If these sound familiar
Open Parachute can help:

Online video-based mental health lessons that you can deliver confidently

See how easy it is to
deliver Mental Health Classes

Engaging Lessons that students will love

Each lesson is based around documentary videos which showcase Australian youth sharing their own experiences of overcoming struggle. Peer role-modeling is clinically proven to help students develop resilience, while also creating a sense of safety in the classroom, enabling students to explore their own experiences of struggle.

“It was really well received by our students. It really removed the stigma of talking about mental health and wellness and the students really loved it.”

“It was really well received by our students. It really removed the stigma of talking about mental health and wellness and the students really loved it.”

Amanda Botic - School Counsellor

Let a psychologist do the work

Each video contains teaching points from our founder, Clinical Psychologist Dr Hayley Watson. These concise, targeted messages ensure that the core therapeutic aims and key learning points are clear to students.

“The clips from Dr hayley were very clear and concise.”

“The clips from Dr hayley were very clear and concise.”

Taura Berg - Director of student services

Take learning outside the classroom

Each lesson contains partner exercises that enable students to analyze the learning points and practice mental health skills-building exercises. These conversations change the way students interact in other contexts outside of class, minimising the isolation and vulnerability of students when they are struggling with their mental health.

“Kids are learning to take perspective. They’re showing a lot more empathy for others and a greater understanding for people who struggle.”

“Kids are learning to take perspective. They’re showing a lot more empathy for others and a greater understanding for people who struggle.”

Jenny Williams - Director of Educational Support Services

Become more confident

By running Open Parachute, you get a chance to practice fundamental mental health concepts. Alongside your students, you can learn important skills that not only give you confidence to support the mental health of your students, but also improve your own mental health along the way.

“They’ve got the language, they’ve got the resources and they feel like they have greater confidence to help students navigate issues as they come up.”

“They’ve got the language, they’ve got the resources and they feel like they have greater confidence to help students navigate issues as they come up.”

Carol-Ann Leidloff - Director of Instruction

Student-led exercises

Each program includes time for writing privately about sensitive topics, to assist students in reflecting on the material in the context of their own challenges. Journaling is a powerful tool for positive mental health outcomes, and the program introduces and reinforces this useful habit for students.

“When there are journaling opportunities, there’s really no other time in the school day that students can express themselves in that way, or even be asked these questions about how they’re feeling, or some of the thoughts they’re having or even some of the experiences that are going on in their life.”

“When there are journaling opportunities, there’s really no other time in the school day that students can express themselves in that way, or even be asked these questions about how they’re feeling, or some of the thoughts they’re having or even some of the experiences that are going on in their life.”

Taura Berg - Director of Student Services

Simple and practical resources to help you address student mental health

Mental health expertise not required

Be confident that your
students are supported

A series of short training videos will prepare you to successfully run the Open Parachute program. You will also be shown how to use your existing skills to effectively run lessons that support the mental health of all your students.

Build your confidence

You are provided with instructional videos with specific steps for how best respond to student questions and comments that arise during the program. You will also be provided with step-by-step instructions for how to manage student mental health concerns so that you are confident in your ability to respond in a crisis.

Helping students engage
in mental health

For some students, talking about their feelings will come easily, but for others it may be more difficult. In this program, we will walk you through specific strategies to help your students engage in the content, which will provide you with a greater understanding of how to effectively reach all of your students.

Easy preparation

You are provided with printable worksheets prior to each lesson which contain all the information you will need, as well as suggestions and tips for running the lesson.
"The discussions were fantastic. The students were really open with things they were dealing with - like the kids in the videos. That was ideal because then it normalises experiences students are afraid to verbalise and they start to realise they aren't so different after all. We were able to support these students and they were able to begin supporting each other. This program offers a very evidence-based, well laid out, easy to prep set of lessons that are specific to the year level they teach. Students engage well because they can relate to the kids in the videos."

Hear from other teachers about how Open Parachute has their students

Dr. Daniel To – District Principal

“We were looking for a resource that really works for all of our schools and hits on a multitude of issues rather than a different resource for every issue…We want to have a resource that covers the breadth of everything but also the depth as well, which is why we chose Open Parachute…This sort of response and the research behind it is the best resource that we can give to students and families.”

Samantha Dunlop – Teacher

“Since we finished the program we’ve noticed that students are starting to problem solve on their own…and when there’s disputes in the classroom or on the playground we come back together as a group and watch the video again so we can revisit the issue…we really can dive deeper into these challenges because the kids all have a common language now.”

Craig ODell – Athletic Director

This program was really simple to use, and it covered all the core competencies that we needed to cover. It gave me the tools so that I felt more comfortable and confident to tackle these important conversations with my students. The students were able to express their appreciation for each other and they even started apologising for things they realised were hurting others. I’m really looking forward to using the program again next year!

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