Grow Your Mind - Mental Health Kits
Children know they need to brush their teeth everyday. They may ask for a band-aid when they cut their finger. But what do our children know about taking care of their mental health on a daily basis? Grow Your Mind Kits offer a playful way to do just this. There is nothing wishy washy about our kits. They are based on the latest positive psychology and mindfulness research. Grow Your Mind kits are not designed to only promote happiness, we would be doing you, your school and your families a disservice if we pledged that. They are kits that promote 'flourishing' instead. Which means, we want to see children thrive now and throughout life.
"My definition of optimism is the belief that set backs are normal and can be overcome by your own actions"
-- Dr Martin seligman
Here is what people are saying about Grow Your Mind and our kits -
"These beautifully presented resources are inspiring! They make positive psychology concepts so accessible – offering playful ways for teachers and therapists to explain concepts to young people, and help students understand how they can help keep their minds healthy. It is great having the flexibility to use the goodies in the kits either in the context of a formal lesson or just incidentally in the classroom when the need arises. Thanks for making teaching these important messages so much fun." Charlotte Board, school psychologist Loreto Kirribilli
Our school has benefitted from using Grow Your Mind on many levels. Some of these benefits include:
the development of a shared language to talk about wellbeing and brain awareness;
strong consistent messages about wellbeing that are at the centre of the school’s educational philosophy and fully support our focus on developing young people who learn and flourish in all aspects of life;
the manner in which Grow Your Mind works across the school community and has relevance for students, staff and parents;
the strong focus on a home-school partnership and the importance Grow Your Mind places on continuity of learning between home and school in the wellbeing space;
the focus on teacher wellbeing and usefulness of Grow Your Mind tools in fostering high levels of wellbeing amongst our staff;
the focus on the research and strong evidence that underpins the Grow Your Mind approach has given our school community confidence in the relevance and fidelity of the program.
Nicole Molloy, Principal of Woollahra Public
"We have implemented Grow Your Mind at Malabar Public School this year. It has been such a beautiful, positive and easy to use program for our teachers and students.The posters and artworks are divine and the concepts and lessons are evidence based in Positive Psychology. It has been a joy to work with Alice as she presented professional learning for teachers and parents and demonstrated how Grow Your Mind lessons can be done in the classroom. Thank you so much for enabling us to implement Positive Education at Malabar Public School. "Jennifer Lawson, Assistant principal Malabar Public School.
"Very well made and presented kit. I wish I had something like this growing up, to have the chance to get to know why we are feeling what we feel, understanding the processes of our thinking and brain at any age is an achievement. For children to get this knowledge will be incredibly beneficial to their lives. Our son (8) gets the kit out regularly and makes up games using the cards, his favourite is to place all the cards facing up, the aim of the game is to guess what the feeling is, whoever has the most cards at the end wins. The real win in this game is the opportunity we get while playing to discuss our feelings and if we have experienced these in real life and how we have or how we can deal with them in the future." Simon Zeccola, father of Santino (8 years old).
“Grow Your Mind has been running at our school for a term. My daughter has been talking about her amygdala, ways to tame it and ways to grow her prefrontal cortex and hippocampus. She is 7. I am amazed.” Rebecca Massey
“Grow Your Mind provides a whole school community with a common language around wellbeing and supports a positive learning climate for students." David North, Principal Chifley Public
“I feel like I often tell my 5-year-old to focus, but I have never taught him how to do this. The Grow Your Mind kit has given me playful ways to do just this.” Lucy Mccreery, mother of 3, (1 year old, 4 year old and 6 year old)
“When students learn about their brains, they are given an invisible armour for whatever life throws them.” Shirley, Year 4 teacher
"This is the best explanation I have ever heard about my brain and how it works. Things are making more sense now." Axel, 10 years old.
“I love that these kits form a bridge between schools and families. We all have a responsibility to protect and nurture the mental health of our children.” Lucy, primary school teacher.
Grow Your Mind in the media
We won’t be quitting our day jobs any time soon. If you are after a brief explanation of what our vision is as well as the importance of making mental health awareness playful, click on this link