The Three Tier Youth Mental Health Program (3TYMHP) aims to build and strengthen communication between students, staff, and school community members, to better support students mental health and wellbeing.
The Three Tier Youth Mental Health Program (3TYMHP) has been through some evolutions over its nearly 10 year existence. It started with just the Tier 1 presentation by our then ambassador – Heath Black - in 2014. It evolved to include Tier 2 workshops and Tier 3 one-on-one counselling sessions.
The program is unique to GP down south and had been developed in house to address a disturbing trend in the Peel area which was reeling from a spate of tragic suicides. A hallmark of the program is to destigmatise mental health issues, make it OK to reach out for help and encourage people to talk openly.
The past three years have needed agile adjusting as we danced around COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions. During this time, we have continued to work with schools and students to make sure we are still delivering a best practice program which meets their needs and achieves real outcomes for students. Previously the program was like a funnel:
Tier 1 was a presentation delivered to year 10 students from participating schools in the Peel region. Usually between 600 – 800 students participated with a presentation from a dynamic person with lived experience.
Tier 2 was a series of workshops delivered in schools to smaller groups addressing more specific topics identified by the schools around anxiety, bullying, depression.
Tier 3 offered one-on-one counselling for students who needed further support.
This year, the program staff have completely overhauled the process to meet changing needs of the community, schools and students.
The program now consists of three sessions, run by a facilitator from GP down south, that aim to educate participants, assess and replenish schools support systems for mental health care, and equip schools to meet their goals in supporting students.
Schools will form a working group made up of key staff members, senior students (year 10+), and members of the school community (parents/family members etc).
The first session focuses on wellbeing education and teaches working group members about the struggles and challenges that high school students face. A positive approach will be taken to support students and suggestions will be made for ways in which they can be supported by the school to successfully navigate high school.
Following this session a wellbeing forum will occur, during which the working group members will collaborate to assess the schools current supports and services, discover what is working and what isn’t and explore options to fill the gaps in mental health support services. The group will set a number of goals for mental health support which will be followed up in the third session. The third session is an opportunity to reflect on the growth of the school and asses if any gaps remain. Ongoing support will be provided by the program educator to ensure the working group is equipped with the skills and information needed to ensure positive outcomes for the students.
In conjunction with these sessions schools will be offered access to digital mental health kits for year 10 and above students that can be disseminated at large or utilised for specific students that need extra support.
Schools will also be supported to understand and utilise the referral process for the Peel Health Hub and students who exceed the schools capability for care can receive one-on-one counselling from 3T counsellors. The first and second sessions runs for approximately 3 hours, and the follow up for an hour. If you would like more information on the program or would like to be involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 08 9537 5500.
GP down south is an exemplary not-for-profit community organisation. We have been providing health and wellbeing services in the Peel regions and the South West of WA since 1994.