A TRAUMA-INFORMED SCHOOL PROGRAM TO PREVENT AND EASE ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION AND BOOST MENTAL HEALTH ACROSS YOUR WHOLE SCHOOL COMMUNITY.
Want to reduce anxiety and depression levels in your school?
With a staggering proportion of students suffering daily from anxiety and depression, disengaged from their learning, and even refusing school, you are not alone. Teachers and other school staff are struggling themselves, coping as best as they can to keep up with mounting pressures, but drowning in their workload. And parents and families, are getting next to no sleep, constantly worrying about their child who is displaying serious mental health issues. Despite all their efforts, improvement is nowhere in sight.
Suicide is the leading cause of death for 25-44 year old Australians and the second leading cause of death for 15-24 year old Australians. Further, the World Health Organisation estimates that depression will be the number one health concern by 2030. Those who are silently fighting are desperate for a new way, when 'talking it out', basic mindfulness and positive thinking don't work. The Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System called for more responsive, preventative, compassionate and holistic approaches, which My BodyMIND offers.
Mounting research shows to reach our potential in development and learning, both personally and professionally, the emotional trauma in our bodies must be addressed and felt on a visceral level, to find safety and connection within our internal and external worlds. Yet the sheer thought of going towards our own mental and emotional pain, leaves us afraid to even go there.
Breathe, you're in the right place.
My BodyMIND celebrates the latest neuroscience, highlights the inextricable link between the body and mind and provides a safe pathway with highly-practical strategies to process big thoughts and feelings like unworthiness, failure, shame and loneliness. Your staff, students and families will walk away from this school program with advanced mindfulness and interoceptive strategies to reduce anxiety and depression, and re-engage in learning and in life.
This school program covers the Victorian Curriculum's Personal and Social Capability and helps students, staff, parents and caregivers overcome their genuine fear of sitting with their thoughts and feeling their feelings with the 'MEET. GREET. TREAT.' model, derived from evidence-based practice. My BodyMIND focuses on developing safety through nervous system regulation and growing in capacity to be curious, compassionate and accepting of challenging thoughts and feelings. It builds skills in interoception and self-inquiry to reverse disengagement, dissociation and repression. My BodyMIND fosters learning and development to welcome and befriend all thoughts and feelings for connection to self and the world around them, resilience, authenticity, innovation, compassionate communities, courage, confidence and mental health.
CLASSROOM STRATEGIES FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION PREVENTION
With a trauma-informed understanding of anxiety and depression, up-to-date neuroscience research and simple classroom strategies, your staff will walk away confident they can address challenging behaviours, help their students lift their mental health and re-engage them in their learning.
STAFF MENTAL HEALTH AND EMOTIONAL WELLBEING
Equip your staff with highly practical strategies to manage mounting personal and professional demands, with evidence-based somatic practice for improved mental health and a more dynamic, cohesive and innovative team of professionals.
PREVENTING AND EASING ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION IN CHILDREN
A groundbreaking workshop for parents, who are worried about their child, curious about new research on mental health and looking for practical solutions to prevent and ease their child's anxiety, depression and raging emotions.
When you book My BodyMIND, you receive:
Initial Meeting to best meet the needs of your school community
In-Person Professional Learning
In-Person Staff Wellbeing
In-Person Parent Workshop
My BodyMIND Teacher Manual with F-10 My BodyMIND Curriculum and Lesson Plans covering Personal and Social Capability
Access to My BodyMIND for Staff and Parents Online Course
Digital Student Learning Resources
Printed 'MEET. GREET. TREAT.' Model Posters for Classroom Display
Before and after surveys for students, staff, parents and caregivers to evaluate the effectiveness of the program.
Want to book or learn more about My BodyMIND for your school?
About Bronte Spicer
Improving the quality of mental health in children, staff and families with the 'MEET. GREET. TREAT.' model. Equipping students, staff and parents with the basic neuroscience and practical strategies to feel safe to sit with the full spectrum of thoughts and feelings, for prevention of anxiety and depression across the lifespan.
It's my pleasure to bring wisdom from overcoming twenty-two years of depression, my professional career as a classroom and special education teacher, further study in advanced mindfulness, trauma and nervous system resilience and seven years of parenting to My BodyMIND.
I'm the author of It's Okay to Cry, award-winner writer for Elephant Journal and host to my podcast It's Okay to Cry.
"Our school was really keen to tap into Bronte’s expertise as way of offering support to our parent community on the topics of anxiety, raging emotions and depression – these are such a pertinent topics for so many families. The workshop provided some really valuable insights into the science behind these emotional challenges and the tools to support children that Bronte shared with the group were incredibly valuable. Thanks Bronte."
Spring Gully Primary School
"This showed me what's really going on under the surface of the students with anxiety and depression. I can see it's essential for students to go beyond basic mindfulness and emotional literacy for their mental health and with these techniques it's achievable for them."
Golden Square Primary School
"Bronte has taught me practical strategies that have brought immediate change to my students and classroom. She's also given me effective tools that have helped me and my family learn how to process their feelings in a healthy and helpful way."
Green Hill Public School