February 2022 marks the beginning of a new era for 80 schools across Australia as they receive a much needed boost from ACM to support the mental health and wellbeing of students.
“We are at a critical juncture where the demand for mental health support is at an all time high.” Said ACM Managing Director Tony Kendall. “Our journalists have reported on mental health issues throughout regions of Australia for a long time and it’s evident we need to do more as a community. With this initiative we hope to provide some tools to help reverse what is a very worrying trend amongst our youth.” Kendall said. ACM in partnership with the Kindness Factory commenced its support of 80 schools with a membership to the Kind School Network – a premium extension of the Kindness Curriculum.
The Kindness Curriculum was established by the Kindness Factory and Kaplan to address emotional learning and pro-social skills and qualities that support wellbeing. Scientific studies have shown that by incorporating kindness into education programs we can develop well-rounded individuals who are more likely to flourish cognitively, emotionally and socially. What launched in 2020 with a handful of schools has grown to over 3000 nationwide in only a couple of years.