According to Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, a former Google data scientist, our internet search histories reveal that, "Australians make more searches, looking for help with anxiety, than anyone else in the world."
These high rates of anxiety include our children!
In 2015 the Australian Government conducted the second Australian Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing. They found that 13.9% of children aged 4-17 year old, that's approximately 3.2 kids in the standard 23 student classroom, reported to have struggled with mental health.
If you're a teacher, that's YOUR CLASSROOM.
While we can't control all of the pressures on our students, we can give them the skills to cope!
The Problem with the Solution
We need to be cautious about how we provide these skills. Behaviour change programs are designed to fill a gap between the behaviours students have and the ones that they need. This gap is often framed as an inadequacy of the participants and many programs are designed around the pursuit of what is missing.
Whilst this approach fosters a strong motivation for better outcomes, it does not prepare students with skills to overcome the inevitable barriers encountered when attempting to change. This can compound the initial problem if participants conclude that their inadequacies are insurmountable and revert to their previous behaviour.
Our responsibility is to provide a safe, low pressure environment for students to critically assess complicated subject matter, and experiment with tools and skills to find what works for them.
At the core of our approach is the belief that meaningful and lasting improvement can only happen in a state of self-acceptance. We refuse to amplify a narrative that portrays participants' inadequacies as the problem and a homogenised 'way to be' as the solution.
We offer crucial information in a relatable and impactful way.
Way To Be is the resilience and self-efficacy program you have been searching for!