ReachOut vs The World’s Largest Mental Health Lesson

09 Nov 2018
Today, thousands of students, teachers, mental health professionals and advocates gathered in Sydney’s Olympic Park to smash some fitness goals with a twist – mental fitness.

The World’s Largest Mental Health Lesson was a history making event with over 1,700 attendees most of which were Year 9 and 10 students from around NSW. Not to mention the 11,000+ tuning in via online broadcast! The number of attendees at the event saw it smash the previous Guinness World Record for the Largest Mental Health Awareness Lesson (Single Venue) with over 1000 extra participants.

Along with the world record, there was some serious learning on the agenda and the lesson of the day was mental fitness. Mental health service providers, including ReachOut, delivered expert content around mental fitness such as how chilling out can boost your mental fitness, coping with life’s challenges both big and small, managing the stress of school and work and maintaining mental wellbeing.

The ReachOut team challenged hundreds of students to write down their answer to the question ‘what’s your best chill tip’, creating a massive wall of inspiring ideas that other students can take away and try at home. The event was organised by the NSW Department of Education, hosted by Olivia Phyland, and included star studded performances by Jai Waetford and others.

Ashley de Silva CEO of ReachOut stressed the importance of the event and congratulated everyone involved.

“On behalf of ReachOut I want to extend our congratulations to all of the students and teachers involved in the record breaking World’s Largest Mental Health Awareness Lesson and to the organisers, the NSW Department of Education. This was a fun event which connected students and teachers not only with new concepts related to mental health, but also to sources of help. The event will go a long way towards working together to ensure that more and more young Australians have the tools they need to cope with whatever life throws at them,” he said.

Teachers and school representatives can head to ReachOut to access a library of resources and lesson plans on topics including wellbeing, resilience, and stress.

Sign up to ReachOut Schools here.