Want simple strategies for self-care and managing student mental health? Check out my Online Wellbeing Teacher Training!

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Learn the government approved formula for managing and supporting student mental health

  • Even if you have never received any mental health training before

  • Even if you have already tried everything to reach difficult students

  • Even if you don’t have any extra time in class to focus on the personal issues of students


Introducing Open Parachute Mental Health Teacher Training

Mental health training developed specifically for middle and high school teachers to help you thrive at your job, and get the most out of your students.


trusted by schools and university teacher training programs in canada, the us, and australia

“Yours was the best PD I have ever attended. It has changed the way in which I am going to deal with both my students and my personal children from now on.”

“Dr Hayley Watson is very approachable, non-judgemental, and highly knowledgeable…This is a must do course!” 

“Thank you so much for spreading your wisdom. I have continued today to talk so highly about your training. The idea of cohesion between bullies and victims and not labelling them as such... this is impressive to me and such a life changer! You made the presentation material very understandable to all. I will definitely use what I learned from you.”

“I got so much out of this training - It was very informative and helpful. Such great strategies to think about and implement!”

“I would love Hayley to come speak at my school - this was such an empowering training day!”

“This was SO informative and practical. The way each topic was explored personally with exercises was amazing!”


Hi, I’m Dr Hayley Watson. I’m a clinical psychologist with a PhD in bullying interventions, and I have worked with students and teachers worldwide for the past 15 years.

For so long I couldn’t figure out what school systems were lacking, and why the rates of teacher burnout were so high.


Don’t worry, it’s not your fault!

Once I started working with world class universities delivering mental health training in the core curriculum of their teaching degrees, I realised what was missing. Teachers are taught how to deliver CONTENT. They are not taught how to manage PEOPLE. And teaching is as much of a job about understanding and managing behaviour as it is about imparting wisdom.

Teacher training programs place very little emphasis on practical tips and tools for relating to mental wellness in themselves and their students

As a teacher, it can be incredibly demoralising to work with students who don’t appear to want to learn, or who act in a rude or disrespectful manner during class. It can also feel like a minefield to hear about the rising rates of teen suicide, depression, and bullying, and not having the time or resources to tackle these issues in the midst of so many competing priorities. These can add stress, pressure, and frustration to an already demanding job, which is part of what contributes to the incredibly high levels of teacher burnout.

School systems have yet to truly understand the impacts of neglecting mental health skills-building in their staff


if your wellbeing is compromised, so is your teaching career

  • It is impossible to manage the wellness of others if you are not taken care of yourself

  • When teaching feels like a burden, students are harder to manage

  • Stress impacts your ability to do your job and to engage with the rest of your life


Unfortunately, most teachers realise this too late

No matter how inspired and excited teachers are when they enter the profession, the majority of them feel overwhelmed, under-appreciated, and exhausted after their first few years on the job.

have you noticed yourself:

  • Taking more sick days than you used to?

  • Being frustrated and irritated by the behaviour of your students?

  • Complaining about your job more than being excited by it?


85% of teachers report unsustainable working conditions

65% of teachers report signs of burnout


It was not that long ago that I experienced burnout myself

I remember feeling tired all the time. Being irritable for no reason. Always thinking I had too much on my plate and never enough time to get it all done.

Even though I had five degrees in psychology, I was still not prepared to truly take care of myself. Because in our culture, we only allow ourselves the time and space we need when things are going “wrong” and we “aren’t coping”. This means that many things in our life have to fall apart before we develop the resources we need to create a balanced, healthy, fulfilling life.


Since then, I have spent years researching and developing a method for teachers to directly understand mental health in themselves and their students

I have delivered training to:

  • Private & Public schools in Australia, Canada, and the US

  • University teacher training programs as part of their core curriculum

  • Nonprofit Youth Organisations worldwide


I want to share these tools with you, because I believe that shaping the future of young people is the most important and enjoyable experience you can ever have

And I know this joy can only come when you feel equipped to handle your life, your job, and the behaviour of your students!

While a great deal of emphasis is being placed on “mental health awareness” in schools, very little attention is given to providing teachers with practical skills and strategies they can use in their classrooms that can have a positive impact on their own mental wellbeing and that of their students.


There is only so far that natural “people skills” can take you when relating to mental health

Often it is hard to know what is really going on with students under the surface of their outwardly difficult behaviour patterns. It is sometimes even harder to notice signs and symptoms of your own burnout and stress levels before it is too late. But with some simple tips and tools, both of these tasks can become a straightforward part of your daily teaching routine, making the job of teaching more sustainable and rewarding.


Our training model empowers teachers

Our simple tools for boosting teacher mental wellness, as well the engagement and mental health concerns of their students, make teaching a more sustainable and enjoyable experience.




Here is what you will learn from our training:

  • Self-care strategies that increase job satisfaction & wellbeing, and prevent burnout & stress 

  • Skills for noticing mental health issues in students

  • An understanding of when and how to refer students for psychological intervention 

  • Tools for encouraging respect and engagement amongst all students in the classroom

you will walk away with practical tools for managing:

  • Disengaged/disruptive students

  • Students being too hard on themselves

  • Cruel/unkind interactions between students 

  • Students who avoid assignments/tests

  • Students with diagnosed mental health concerns

  • Bullying at the student, parent, and staff levels

  • Reactions/pressure from parents

Price & Availability

  • Our trainings are $350 per person

  • We offer a 20% discount for groups of 3 or more

  • Special rates apply for schools and larger groups, please contact us to inquire

  • We run trainings in many locations worldwide, and can come to your area with a minimum registration of 10 people

Be the teacher that students love

Most teachers don’t realise how easy it is to transform their teaching experience, and engage their students in ways that they will remember and appreciate their whole lives. All it takes is learning how to see underneath the surface of what they are saying and doing, to develop a connection with what they are FEELING. We focus on teaching this skill in our workshops, and by the end of our one-day program, you will be ready to respond to your students in a whole different way that will transform your experience as a teacher and the way your students relate to you.


How different would your life be?

  • If you were excited to come to school everyday

  • If you knew the positive impact you were having on each and every one of your students

  • If you could manage any issue that arose in your classroom confidently and successfully


All of this is possible…

But only if you understand mental health enough to be able to read beneath the surface in your own life and in the actions of your students.