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Impact on staff of the Mentally Healthy Schools Framework

Julia Anwar-McHenry (Mentally Healthy WA, Curtin University, Perth, Australia)
Catherine F. Drane (National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education, Curtin University, Perth, Australia)
Phoebe Joyce (Mentally Healthy WA, Curtin University, Perth, Australia)
Robert J. Donovan (School of Human Sciences, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia)

Health Education

ISSN: 0965-4283

Article publication date: 10 November 2020

Issue publication date: 17 November 2020




The Mentally Healthy Schools Framework (MHSF), based on the population-wide Act-Belong-Commit mental health promotion campaign, is a whole-school approach primarily targeting student mental health, but it is also intended for staff. This paper presents the results of an impact survey on staff after the implementation of the Framework in a number of schools in Western Australia.


A baseline questionnaire was completed by n = 87 staff at schools that had just signed up to the programme, and a participant questionnaire was completed by n = 146 staff at schools that had been participating for at least 17 months.


The results show that the Framework has had a substantial impact on many staff in terms of increased mental health literacy and taking action to improve their mental health.


Mental health interventions in schools generally focus on students' well-being and how to deal with student mental health problems. There are few comprehensive interventions that also include staff well-being.



At the time this research was conducted, this initiative was funded by the Health Promotion Foundation of Western Australia (Healthway), the Western Australian Mental Health Commission, and Chevron Australia.


Anwar-McHenry, J., Drane, C.F., Joyce, P. and Donovan, R.J. (2020), "Impact on staff of the Mentally Healthy Schools Framework", Health Education, Vol. 120 No. 5/6, pp. 289-296.



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