What is Be You?
Be You is a national mental health initiative for educators which aims to promote and protect positive mental health in children and young people in every early learning service and school in Australia.
Be You’s vision is to build an education system in which every learning community is positive, inclusive and resilient – where every child, young person, staff member and family can achieve their best possible mental health.
Who is Be You for?
Be You is for all Australian educators across early learning, primary and secondary school settings (including pre-service educators). By ‘educators’, Be You refers to anyone who works with children and young people in early learning settings, primary and secondary schools.
What does Be You offer?
Be You offers a range of online, evidence-based tools, resources and professional learning aimed at improving the skills and knowledge of educators to support mental health and wellbeing in children and young people.
Find out more about Be You, including the background, the organisations leading the initiative, and the evidence base that supports it.
What are The ZONES of Regulation®?
- Self-regulation can go by many names, such as self-control, self-management, and impulse control. It is defined as the best state of alertness of both the body and emotions for the specific situation.
- For example, when a student plays on the playground or in a competitive game, it is beneficial to have a higher state of alertness. However, that same state would not be appropriate in the Hub.
- The ZONES are designed to help the students recognize when they are in different zones as well as learn how to use strategies to change or stay in the zone they are in.
- In addition to addressing self-regulation, the students have an increased vocabulary of emotional terms, skills in reading other people’s facial expressions, perspective about how others see and react to their behavior, insight into events that trigger their behavior, calming and alerting strategies, and problem solving skills.
- communication skills
- development of compassion, understanding and empathy
- boundary setting, simple self-defence and communication skills and
- awareness of purpose and motivation in life.
Clear Minded for Life
Clear Minded For Life® is an Australian based international organisation that teaches clear mind techniques to children. Due to its simple nature, the program brings a great sense of calm to children and adults alike.
The Clear Minded For Life® program is designed to assist children to develop the ability to understand their mind, building wisdom and empowering them in their life.
They learn how to breathe with focus and how their breath can assist them to find calm. Deep breaths are used to bring more oxygen into the brain allowing for higher sensory processing to focus, concentrate, interact and learn more easily, at home, school or any situation.
Clear Minded For Life® is an exceptional organisation run by individuals committed to the well-being of children everywhere. The program is based on love and respect for children, school teachers and the system of education we currently work within.
Helpful websites and APPS
Visit these great sites to promote mental health and wellbeing at your leisure:
- Office of Children’s eSafety – Parent Resources
- The Positive Times
- Student Wellbeing Hub
- Positive Psychology Institute
- Authentic Happiness
- Smiling Mind
The following apps are a great means to support mental health and wellbing in our children and ourselves:
- Smiling Minds – modern meditation for young people
- Couch-to-5K – exercise app
- Buddhify – Mindfulness app
- The Now
The Broken Bay Diocesan Parent Council website has a fantastic page dedicated to mental, social and emotional wellbeing. Click here to explore their resources.