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Its Ok To Cry

Ready to help your anxious and depressed students find their potential?

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I can't do it.

I'm dumb.

I can't concentrate.

If you are hearing or seeing this in the classroom, your students may be struggling with anxiety and depression, and inhibiting their potential to learn, develop and grow.

It’s normal for all students to feel anxious and depressed from time to time as they grow and navigate life, but if they are stuck in anxiety and depression everyday and your staff are battling disengagement, negative self-talk, challenging behaviour or low attendance, simple evidence-based strategies can support their mental health and open the doorway to their learning potential.

Research shows that blocking out physical sensations related to emotions increases anxiety and depression symptoms.

The latest neuroscience shows why we can't always talk or rationalise our way out of problems, and why every student must learn how to develop interoception, the capacity to feel, from an early age. Learn three skills to teach your students so they can break through their negative thinking patterns and reach their true potential.

It's never been more important to provide explicit instruction to feel comfort in the discomfort.

Shockingly, suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15-44. Further, people with autism can experience pain, including mental and emotional pain, at a higher intensity. Emotional safety is vital for all students in your school, including those who have sensitivities or are neurodivergent. Your staff will walk away from this experiential professional learning with practical strategies to prevent and ease student anxiety and depression so they can accelerate their learning success.


If you are dedicated to supporting your students, but see signs of poor engagement and wellbeing, this professional learning gives your staff:

An understanding of why their students are anxious and depressed. 

Practical strategies to increase their students' engagement, wellbeing and learning potential.

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Ready to expand learning capacity in your school?

What does depression and anxiety look like in the classroom?

Your students with depression and anxiety may be:

Sensitive, lacking confidence, feeling like a failure and thinking "I'm dumb"

Perfectionistic, always needing to be right, anxious about making mistakes or people-pleasing

Overwhelmed and withdrawing from their learning, saying “I can't do it” or not attending school

Hyperactive, fidgety, agitated, anxious and unable to focus

Lethargic and shutting down, saying “What's the point?”

Disruptive, acting out and defiant in the classroom

Quiet, shy and reluctant to contribute to class discussions and engage in extra-curricular activities

Facing challenges with friendships or feeling shame and jealousy of others

How this professional learning will help you create positive engagement in the classroom.

In this professional learning, your staff will explore and receive:

The latest neuroscience research and insights on trauma, the brain and the body, and how this affects student engagement and learning

The three parts to a student's experience that inhibits their learning potential

Three skills with accompanying strategies to accept and release negative thoughts and feelings. 

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About Bronte Spicer – teacher, author, space holder.

Learning these three emotional intelligence skills helped me heal from 22 years of depression.

My name is Bronte Spicer, I'm a teacher and author of It's Okay to Cry - The Gentle Way to Dissolving Depression. I teach teachers and parents evidence-based emotional intelligence skills to prevent and ease anxiety and depression so they and the children they are teaching and raising can reach their potential.

I bring my wisdom and experience from twenty years of lived experience with depression, my professional career as a classroom and special education teacher and further study in advanced mindfulness, trauma and nervous system resilience to this professional learning.

I’m an award-winner writer for Elephant Journal and host to my podcast It's Okay to Cry. To learn more you can find me on social media.

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"Bronte recently provided a PD for our primary school staff. She was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable, providing real life scenarios and strategies on how to prevent and manage anxieties in the classroom. We practised using the steps to assist with our own anxieties and to see how easy it is to use with our students. Thank you Bronte, we can’t wait to use your resources in our classrooms!"

- Madi Floyd, Spring Gully PS, 2023

"Bronte has taught me so many incredibly practical and effective tools that have helped me and my family learn how to process their feelings in a healthy and helpful way. This work should be compulsory reading for all teachers in training and should definitely be a part of the national curriculum."

- Kylie Reavley, Green Hill Public School, 2022

"This showed me what's really going on under the surface of the students who are struggling with their mental health.

I can see it's essential for students to feel their feelings and with these techniques it's achievable for them."

- Kerrieanne Hocking, Golden Square PS, 2021

Ready to improve student mental health and engagement?