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MindMatters is a Comprehensive School Mental Health Promotion Project that is being implemented with the learners of Ocean View and Zeekoevlei Secondary Schools.

Although based on the Australian school mental health programme, MindMatters has been adapted to address social issues such as poverty, child abuse and neglect, substance abuse, teenage pregnancy etc. that affect youth in South Africa.

Regular surveys are conducted with all the learners to determine their psycho-social needs. Once a month, the Social Worker implements the MindMatters Toolkit in Grades 8-11, highlighting issues identified in the surveys. Follow up lessons are conducted by Life Orientation teachers, who incorporate the Toolkit information into their sessions.

Once a month, workshops and awareness sessions are conducted with the grade 12 learners, focussing on the issues identified in the surveys.

These classroom based activities are designed to:

  • create an environment conducive to promoting psycho-social competence and well-being
  • influence curriculum teaching and learning
  • influence the school ethos and environment
  • provide a class based interactive mental health education programme

The programme also aims to establish partnerships and services which will link the school to resources that will best support the learners.

Individual Counselling Services are offered to learners who need confidential face to face counselling. The social worker will refer learners to other organisations in the community should a need arise.