The purpose of Flourishing at School is to provide preventative mental health assistance to students and staff in schools. The goal is to keep individuals well and assist them to achieve an optimal level of wellbeing.
Researchers have found that almost half of all people are likely to develop a mental illness in their lifetime. However 75% of these people will have their first experience with a mental health problem before the age of 25.
Unfortunately, still only 18-34% of adolescents will seek help for mental health issues, even if they are experiencing high levels of psychological distress.
The consequences of mental illness on the community is profound. The World Health Organisation estimates that unipolar depression will be the leading cause of the global disease burden by 2030. Data released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows that Australians spent an estimated $8 billion on mental health related services in 2013-14. The direct financial impact on Australian business is in the vicinity of $11 billion every year, largely due to absenteeism ($4.7 billion) and reduced productivity ($6.1 billion) from unwell workers still attempting to work.
The consequences of mental illness in a school context include: lower attendance, reduced academic performance, impaired psychosocial development, reduced likelihood for tertiary study, and difficulty entering the workforce.
Given the amount of time each day both students and staff spend at school, it is a logical place to assist individuals develop behaviours that will support good mental health at school, in the broader community, and beyond.
Introducing the Flourishing Profile
Rather than seeking to identify those who are distressed, or “at risk”, the Flourishing Profile (FP) survey uses a positive psychology approach to assess the degree to which individuals have developed the “pillars” of good mental health to stay well and optimise quality of life. The FP survey is a leading indicator of mental health, useful for proactive wellbeing interventions at both an individual and collective level. The approach is consistent with the NSW Department of Education Wellbeing Framework for Schools (2015) and the Geelong Grammar School Model for Positive Education (2013).
The FP survey was refined and validated in an Australian university study (Murdoch University) involving 15 schools and more than 7,500 students. More information about the reliability and validity of the survey can be found in the assessment manual. The online survey enables objective assessment of the success of wellbeing interventions and can also be used to benchmark wellbeing against normative samples. It is suitable for secondary students (ages 11-18+) and staff of all ages.
Flourishing at School is more than just a measurement tool. It is a complete solution for wellbeing improvement for students and staff. Find out more about the features included in the table below.
The following reports can all be generated as a downloadable PDF from within the Flourishing at School platform
Making the important step of delivering student feedback easy.
Flourishing at School supporters help make wellbeing accessible. Support can be made through sponsorship of disadvantaged schools, direct financial support, or through provision of information and training. People Diagnostix is thankful for all the support it has received from the parties below.