An important aspect of a young person’s development is their ability to cope with the demands of life. Equipping young people with the knowledge and skills to manage challenges successfully in all areas of their life will enhance their overall wellbeing.
Throughout the mandatory K–6 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) Syllabus, students learn to:
- understand emotions that can emerge when things in their life change
- recognise how their body responds to change and challenges
- understand their emotions and the impact these feelings can have on their wellbeing
- develop strategies to cope with change and challenges
- develop skills to bounce back from adversity
- identify people who can assist them to manage change and challenges effectively.
In the mandatory 7–10 PDHPE Syllabus, students learn to:
- identify sources of change and challenge in their lives eg: school, family, friendships
- identify behaviour that contributes to change and challenges and develop strategies to bring about positive outcomes
- develop skills to communicate effectively when managing change and challenges
- examine the role and impact of stress on health
- undertake a range of positive management strategies to reduce stress eg: relaxation, physical activity
- develop skills that enhance resilience
- examine the relationship between the cognitive, physical, social, emotional and spiritual components of health and the impact these can have on their wellbeing
- identify people who can assist them in managing change and challenges
- access health information, products and services to address their health.
To complement the PDHPE curriculum, schools also run their own stress and coping programs in Years 11-12. In Department of Education and schools this is done through the Crossroads programs. In Catholic and independent schools, this is usually addressed through their pastoral care or wellbeing programs.
These programs could include workshops on time management, study techniques, mindfulness and the importance of nutrition, sleep and physical activity in managing stress.
The following resources can be used effectively to address a range of personal health issues and are suitable to assist teachers when teaching students about coping with and managing stress:
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