The New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) has just published Mental health education and hauora: Teaching interpersonal skills, resilience, and wellbeing.

Although it is for school teachers it may well be of interest to tutors in the ACE sector.

This resource supports teaching children and young people about mental health, wellbeing, resilience, and interpersonal skills. It was written with support from the Beeby Fellowship funded by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO and NZCER.

It provides information to enhance student learning in four broad areas:

  • personal identity and wellbeing
  • communication and relationships with others
  • social issues and social justice (especially against discrimination and exclusion)
  • health promotion and action.

It provides information for the following health education topics:

  • personal identity and enhancing self-worth
  • stress management
  • friendships, relationships, and communication
  • effects of discrimination and stereotyping on mental health
  • support of self and others during times of difficulty
  • equity issues that support the mental health of others and society
  • help-seeking
  • drug education and alcohol education (for example, the content on assertive communication, decision making, personal values)
  • leadership and effective communication.

Notes throughout explain how teachers can adapt, apply, and use the activities and ideas to achieve the intended learning outcomes and develop key competencies. Each section begins with specific achievement objectives, but teachers are free to develop their own.

To buy a copy contact John Huria, Senior Editor. Email: Phone: +64 4 802 1438

The book costs $85.00.