A whole school mental health and wellbeing online program: Understand Notice Improve

Understand Notice Improve is a program designed for students, teachers and parents to build a shared understanding of mental health literacy and wellbeing.

  • Tier: Tier 1: Positive Mental Health Promotion
  • Type of intervention: Whole school approach to mental health
  • Strength of evidence: Level 4: Established evidence for program (supported by quality research evidence)
  • Geographic location: State-wide

Program description

Understand Notice Improve is a program for students, teachers, and parents to create shared knowledge regarding mental health literacy and wellbeing.

The course is divided into 3 areas:

  1. Understand
  2. Notice
  3. Improve.

This structure helps participants to improve mental health literacy, understand how to identify mental health issues and then provides strategies to improve wellbeing in the school.

The program is online and self-paced and written in a style that is accessible for senior school students, parents and teachers. Each module should take 1 to 1.5 hours to complete. The shared common knowledge through this program will support further discussions to improve students', teachers' and parents' wellbeing.

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Intended outcomes

  • Whole of school improvement in mental health literacy
  • Reduced fears and bias around identifying or disclosing mental health issues to other students, parents, or teachers
  • Improved understanding of how to notice mental health issues in self and others
  • Improvement in knowledge around strategies to improve wellbeing and mental health.

Program details

Target audience
  • Secondary school students - lower
  • Secondary school students - upper
  • Capacity building for secondary school staff
Program providerThe University of Melbourne
Delivery modeOnline

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: Whole secondary schools including students, teachers, parents and carers.
  • Staffing: There are no staff requirements. Participants can complete the course in their own time. The whole course should take 3 to 5 hours to complete.
  • Training requirements: There are no minimum or maximum number of participants. The program is delivered through an online web portal that is available on any device or computer and only requires Internet access.
  • Australian context: The program has been developed and applied in Australia.


  • Item cost: $201–$2000
  • Detailed cost: $82.50 (inc. GST) per participant