Children and adolescents often experience stress, for example peer pressure, family conflict, moving from primary school to high school, increased demands of study, performance expectations and body changes. Children and adolescents cannot always be protected from stress, however, they can be provided with the skills necessary to cope with stress and to rise above life’s difficulties and challenges.
Aussie Optimism is a health promotion program for children in primary and secondary school. It takes a positive psychology approach, helping to build core competencies in students, such as how to:
- Identify and manage feelings
- Make and maintain friends
- Solve social problems
- Think optimistically to promote self-esteem and bounce back from difficulties.
The program is designed to be implemented in weekly lessons over the course of a term, where students learn practical skills and strategies that relate to social and emotional wellbeing. The program utilises empirically validated psychological and pedagogical techniques. The programs are mapped to the national curriculum for Health and Physical Education, and English.