Open Parachute

Don't waste money
on a program that
doesn't get used.

Pre-planned lessons mean less
preparation for your teachers.

Engaging Lessons that students will love

Each lesson is based around documentary videos which showcase real youth sharing their own experiences of overcoming struggle. Peer role-modeling is clinically proven to help students develop resilience, while also creating a sense of safety in the classroom, enabling students to explore their own experiences of struggle.

“It was really well received by our students. It really removed the stigma of talking about mental health and wellness and the students really loved it.”

“It was really well received by our students. It really removed the stigma of talking about mental health and wellness and the students really loved it.”

Amanda Botic - School Counsellor

Give your teachers a break

Let a Clinical Psychologist do the work! Each video contains teaching points from our founder, Clinical Psychologist Dr Hayley Watson. These concise, targeted messages ensure that the core therapeutic aims and key learning points are clear to students and teachers.

“The clips from Dr hayley were very clear and concise.”

“The clips from Dr hayley were very clear and concise.”

Taura Berg - Director of student services

Take learning outside the classroom

Each lesson contains partner exercises that enable students to analyze the learning points and practice mental health skills-building exercises. These conversations change the way students interact in other contexts outside of class, minimising the isolation and vulnerability of students when they are struggling with their mental health.

“Kids are learning to take perspective. They’re showing a lot more empathy for others and a greater understanding for people who struggle.”

“Kids are learning to take perspective. They’re showing a lot more empathy for others and a greater understanding for people who struggle.”

Jenny Williams - Director of Educational Support Services

Teachers become more confident

By running Open Parachute, teachers get a chance to practice fundamental mental health concepts. Alongside their students, teachers learn important skills that not only give them confidence to support the mental health of their students, but also improve their own mental health along the way.

“They’ve got the language, they’ve got the resources and they feel like they have greater confidence to help students navigate issues as they come up.”

“They’ve got the language, they’ve got the resources and they feel like they have greater confidence to help students navigate issues as they come up.”

Carol -Ann Leidloff - Director of Instruction

Student-led exercises

Each program includes time for writing privately about sensitive topics, to assist students in reflecting on the material in the context of their own challenges. Journaling is a powerful tool for positive mental health outcomes, and the program introduces and reinforces this useful habit for students.

“When there are journaling opportunities, there’s really no other time in the school day that students can express themselves in that way, or even be asked these questions about how they’re feeling, or some of the thoughts they’re having or even some of the experiences that are going on in their life.”

“When there are journaling opportunities, there’s really no other time in the school day that students can express themselves in that way, or even be asked these questions about how they’re feeling, or some of the thoughts they’re having or even some of the experiences that are going on in their life.”

Taura Berg - Director of Student Services

"Open Parachute was the tool we were looking for to help us engage with our students about their thoughts and feelings. This peer-based learning approach has improved student engagement in discourse focused on the critical understanding of issues related to mental health."

Simple and practical resources to help teachers address student mental health

Mental health expertise not required

Be confident that your
students are supported

Teachers are taught how to successfully run the Open Parachute program in a series of training videos. Teachers are taught how to use their existing educator skills to effectively run lessons that support the mental health of all their students.

Build your teachers’ confidence

Teachers are provided with instructional videos that provide specific steps for how to best respond to student questions and comments that arise during the program. Teachers are also provided with step-by-step instructions for how to manage student mental health concerns so that they are confident in their ability to respond in a crisis.

Helping students engage
in mental health

For some students, talking about their feelings will come easily, but for others it may be more difficult. In this program, teachers are walked through specific strategies to help their students engage in the content, and are provided with a greater understanding of how to effectively reach all of their students.

Easy preparation

Teachers are provided with printable worksheets prior to each lesson which contain all the information they will need, as well as suggestions and tips for running the lesson. There is also a two-minute audio recording accompanying each lesson, which provides teachers with a brief overview of the key learning outcomes.
"The discussions were fantastic. The students were really open with things they were dealing with - like the kids in the videos. That was ideal because then it normalizes experiences students are afraid to verbalize and they start to realize they aren't so different after all. We were able to support these students and they were able to begin supporting each other. This program offers a very evidence-based, well laid out, easy to prep set of lessons that are specific to the grade level they teach. Students engage well because they can relate to the kids in the videos."

Engaging Lesson Topics that map onto CASEL

This Lesson introduces students to the topic of mental health, and focuses on normalising honest communication about personal challenges. Students are given the opportunity to discuss the universal mental health challenges that can impact all of us in the course of our lives, and are taught skills for seeing the possibility of positive change to overcome any challenging situation.

This Lesson helps students identify challenges that occur when trying to make new friends. Students learn how to identify the challenging thoughts and feelings that arise when they are meeting new friends. They are also taught how to push themselves outside of their comfort zone to find people they connect with, and how to identify which friends are a positive influence, and which ones are not.

This Lesson helps students identify situations of bullying and prejudicial treatment. Students learn that it is normal to develop low self-esteem as a result of being treated poorly by others, and to want to hide these experiences from others. They also learn that there are people who want to support them, and the positive impacts of asking for help. Finally, they learn tools and strategies for helping themselves and others to overcome bullying dynamics and power imbalances.

This Lesson teaches students about anxiety, and how anxiety can arise as a result of our brain’s response to challenging experiences and difficult emotions. Students learn about different reactions that are common when one is experiencing anxious patterns, and how to overcome these challenges. They are guided through tools for facing their fears to overcome anxiety in any situation.

New Lesson coming Sept 2021! Contact us to learn more about our new lessons.

New Lesson coming Sept 2021! Contact us to learn more about our new lessons.

This Lesson focuses on building skills for recognizing and responding to hurtful actions. Students explore unkind actions from friends, as well as actions that cross a line and require outside support. They also investigate boundary violations from the words and actions of others (eg. Slurs, inappropriate touch) and practice tools for standing up for what is right, while supporting themselves and others.

This Lesson introduces students to the topic of mental health, and focuses on normalising honest communication about personal challenges. Students are given the opportunity to discuss the universal mental health challenges that can impact all of us in the course of our lives, and are taught skills for seeing the possibility of positive change to overcome any challenging situation.

This Lesson covers the common challenge of wanting to “fit in” with peer groups in person and online, and how this can negatively impact self-esteem. Students are given the opportunity to identify unhelpful reactions that are common when trying to fit in, and practice the skill of changing patterns of thought and action to boost their self-esteem and independent sense of self.

This Lesson focuses on building empathy for self and others. Students explore the reasons behind aggressive and apathetic reactions, and practice analysing the layers of emotion that are often present beneath the surface – both in themselves and others. They are given the chance to reflect on the positive impacts they can have on others through offering support and compassion, and to practice tools for how they can support their peers.

This Lesson begins with an exploration of ‘privilege’ and an understanding that mental health impacts all of us, regardless of our circumstances or socioeconomic status. Students learn how personal challenges impact thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, and explore the link between stress responses and longer term mental health patterns. They are given the chance to reflect on their own challenges and coping strategies for facing those challenges.

New Lesson coming Sept 2021! Contact us to learn more about our new lessons.

This Lesson focuses on understanding the impacts of sexual abuse, and breaking down myths about abuse that lead to stigma. Students are taught skills for creating systems of support, reaching out to trusted adults, expressing feelings, and supporting others who have been harmed. They analyse common reactions to abuse, as well as positive outcomes that can occur after abuse when the proper support systems are in place.
 

New Lesson coming Sept 2021! Contact us to learn more about our new lessons.

This Lesson introduces students to the topic of mental health, and focuses on normalising honest communication about personal challenges. Students are given the opportunity to discuss the universal mental health challenges that can impact all of us in the course of our lives, and are taught skills for seeing the possibility of positive change to overcome any challenging situation.

This Lesson focuses on building tools for navigating challenging peer dynamics. Students reflect on different forms of peer rejection/exclusion, and learn to recognise the negative self-esteem impacts that can result from these experiences. They are given tools for analysing the actions of others to gain insight and build self-esteem, while focussing on the things they can control (their own thoughts and actions) in order to build authentic, supportive connections with peers. 

This Lesson focuses on helping students think critically about the stereotypes that they have been exposed to, and how those stereotypes have impacted their own self-perceptions. They are given the chance to analyse body image stereotypes, and practice skills for creating positive self-image rather than trying to ‘fit in’ with the images they are exposed to in the culture around them.

This Lesson gives students an in-depth look at the intersection between trauma, prejudice, and mental health. They are taught skills for supporting themselves and others, and are given the chance to think critically about prejudice and privilege while reflecting on their own experiences and the experiences of others. 

New Lesson coming Sept 2021! Contact us to learn more about our new lessons.

New Lesson coming Sept 2021! Contact us to learn more about our new lessons.

New Lesson coming Sept 2021! Contact us to learn more about our new lessons.

This Lesson introduces students to the topic of mental health, and focuses on normalising honest communication about personal challenges. Students are given the opportunity to discuss the universal mental health challenges that can impact all of us in the course of our lives, and are taught skills for seeing the possibility of positive change to overcome any challenging situation.

This Lesson focuses on emotional awareness and expression. Students practice tools for thinking critically about cultural and peer group messaging that lead to challenging feelings. They are given the opportunity to reflect on and express their true feelings as a tool for supporting themselves and connecting authentically with others.

This Lesson teaches students about boundaries and boundary violations. They practice critically analysing the mental health impacts of sexual, emotional, and physical boundary violations, and discuss strategies for supporting themselves and others who have faced boundary violations. 

This Lesson focuses on mental health challenges such as anxiety and depression, and their link to trauma and prejudice. Students are given the chance to think critically about their own actions and the actions of others in order to build self-awareness and empathy. They are also introduced to skills for supporting their own mental health and the mental health of others.  

New Lesson coming Sept 2021! Contact us to learn more about our new lessons.

This Lesson explores the objectification and commodification of others (eg. The cultural norm of competition between boys about how many girls they can “get”). Students are given a chance to analyze where patterns of objectification arise from, the negative impacts they can have, and the positive outcomes of speaking openly about challenges and finding systems of support. They are also given the opportunity to make a plan for creating cultural change in an area that they feel passionately about.
 

New Lesson coming Sept 2021! Contact us to learn more about our new lessons.

This Lesson introduces students to the topic of mental health, and focuses on normalising honest communication about personal challenges. Students are given the opportunity to discuss the universal mental health challenges that can impact all of us in the course of our lives, and are taught skills for seeing the possibility of positive change to overcome any challenging situation.

This Lesson focuses on ways to provide support for peers who are struggling with personal challenges. Students are given the chance to reflect on common responses to peers who are struggling, and are taught specific steps to take in order to effectively provide support. They are also encouraged to think critically about the ways that they can create more supportive connections in their peers group and school.

This Lesson focuses on patterns of addiction and how this can lead to a disconnection from values, including disrespect for self and others (eg. Issues of boundary violations and consent). Students analyze causes of addiction, such as trauma and loneliness, and learn skills for making positive choices for themselves and their peers.

This Lesson focuses on developing an understanding of the impacts of trauma on mental health, specifically examining patterns of anxiety and depression. Students learn to recognise stress responses and build self-awareness of their own struggles. They learn that mental health challenges can be overcome and are taught skills for supporting themselves if they are facing personal struggles. 

New Lesson coming Sept 2021! Contact us to learn more about our new lessons.

New Lesson coming Sept 2021! Contact us to learn more about our new lessons.

New Lesson coming Sept 2021! Contact us to learn more about our new lessons.

This Lesson introduces students to the topic of mental health, and focuses on normalising honest communication about personal challenges. Students are given the opportunity to discuss the universal mental health challenges that can impact all of us in the course of our lives, and are taught skills for seeing the possibility of positive change to overcome any challenging situation.

This Lesson focuses on developing an understanding of the trauma patterns that impact all of us, and building skills for responding with empathy to others, and engaging in our own self-reflection. Students will practice analyzing personal reactions through a trauma-informed lens, and making changes in their relationships that move towards growth and connection. 

This Lesson focuses on prejudice and historical trauma. Students learn about the devastating impacts of prejudice, and how these impacts influence the experience of future generations. They are guided to develop empathy for others and are shown a pathway for creating positive change as a result of overcoming trauma. 

This Lesson focuses on understanding mental health challenges like anxiety, depression, and negative self-image. Students learn tools for understanding stress responses, noticing the difference between helpful and unhelpful thinking patterns, and overcoming patterns of avoidance. They are given an opportunity to reflect on the activities that promote their own positive mental health.

New Lesson coming Sept 2021! Contact us to learn more about our new lessons.

New Lesson coming Sept 2021! Contact us to learn more about our new lessons.

New Lesson coming Sept 2021! Contact us to learn more about our new lessons.

This Lesson introduces students to the topic of mental health, and focuses on normalising honest communication about personal challenges. Students are given the opportunity to discuss the universal mental health challenges that can impact all of us in the course of our lives, and are taught skills for seeing the possibility of positive change to overcome any challenging situation.

This Lesson focuses on preparing students for facing change and uncertainty. They are taught skills for reflecting on the common ways that people respond to change, and practice tools for overcoming patterns of avoidance. Students are guided to notice their own fears and doubts about their future, and to create plans for supporting themselves in overcoming future hurdles.

New Lesson coming Sept 2021! Contact us to learn more about our new lessons.

New Lesson coming Sept 2021! Contact us to learn more about our new lessons.

New Lesson coming Sept 2021! Contact us to learn more about our new lessons.

New Lesson coming Sept 2021! Contact us to learn more about our new lessons.

New Lesson coming Sept 2021! Contact us to learn more about our new lessons.

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health education

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