Well@School – Developing multi-professional Higher Education for promoting mental health and well-being at schools
The Well@School project builds new knowledge and practices for higher education. The aim of the project is to ensure that primary school teachers, nurses and curators have the competences required for promoting mental health in school communities, using digital methods.
School professionals face the challenges related to the mental well-being of school children, in their daily work. New kind of competences are needed so that children and young people can receive support and help for finding ways to cope with various challenges affecting mental health.
Despite the various mental health promotion trainings and interventions, the number of children and young people with mental health challenges is high. In addition, various psychiatric disorders are a major factor in the lives of children and young people worldwide. School professionals need up-to-date information and sufficient understanding of today’s needs and means of mental health promotion.
An open access platform for promoting mental health
In the Well@School project, a new higher education open access platform will be developed. It includes a framework, online course and a handbook for promoting mental health in primary schools, using digital methods.
The project will promote the key competences related to mental health promotion, as well as build up digital competences in communication, co-creation, teaching and learning of professionals working in schools (teachers, school nurses, social workers).
Moreover, the co-creation and validation process in the project will be implemented using several digital tools to support international collaboration and ensure transferability of the developed material across Europe.
The three main objectives of the project are:
- The first goal is to develop a Well @ School framework focusing on digital methods, which includes the latest / best knowledge and practices related to the promotion of mental health in primary schools.
- Another goal is to develop an online course that promotes mental health in primary schools, utilizing digital methods for working professionals.
- The third objective is to develop an e-learning platform consisting of a reference framework, an online course and a handbook for working professionals, which will be freely available to all interested stakeholders.