The Sebastian Foundation is the charity of the singer, Guy Sebastian and his wife Jules. Formed in 2013, we have an interest in supporting the mental health of all young Australians, with an ultimate goal of reducing the incidence of suicides in this country and further to alleviate mental health issues that are plaguing this generation of Australian kids and young adults. We strongly believe in the Open Parachute program to give a mental coat of armour to young Aussie students, helping them to deal with the unique challenges this generation faces.
The Sebastian Foundation has pledged to help schools who are not able to fund Open Parachute and who are keen to support their students’ mental health in this way. We can cover the costs of the program implementation for a school for an initial 12 month period. If you would like more information please contact us – [email protected]
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!“