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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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