This section provides a brief description of some of the research projects involving Bounce Back! the award-winning wellbeing and resilience program.
64% of the KidsMatter schools that chose a social and emotional learning program, chose Bounce Back!
KidsMatter is an Australian Primary Schools Mental Health Initiative. It aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children, reduce mental health problems amongst children, and achieve greater support for children experiencing mental health difficulties, and their families.
A comprehensive evaluation of KidsMatter Primary in 101 schools across Australia was conducted by Flinders University of South Australia. The findings show KidsMatter Primary had a positive impact on schools, children, parents and carers.
Key findings include:
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In 2010, the the Bushfire Psychosocial Response Unit of the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood (DEECD) offered schools in the seven regions of Victoria that were affected by the Black Saturday bushfires the opportunity to participate in one of 9 Bounce Back! training workshops conducted by Toni and Helen. Teachers, senior staff and support staff from more than 40 schools and five school support centres participated in these workshops. Helen and Toni are currently evaluating the effectiveness of these workshops and follow-up support with RMIT University.