Get Growing – a ten week “in school” program that helps young people learn important life skills.

Adolescents are highly influenced by their peers and healthy peer relationships are important predictors of good mental health, yet many mental health programs for young people in Australia focus on clinical intervention or online support materials.

In order to support young Australians and schools, Grow has drawn on its critically researched program and 60 years of experience to develop the Get Growing Program for at risk young people.  The 10 Week Program provides practical tools for problem solving and promotes positive mental health.

The Program’s goal is to support young people to achieve and maintain positive wellbeing and increase the resilience of young people at risk of mental health issues.

Peer-based Programs

The Get Growing peer-based Program uses the active participation and involvement of peers to enhance wellbeing and influence positive development among young people aged 10-17/18 (Year level 5-12). Get Growing teaches young people the skills and tools to develop and maintain social and emotional wellbeing. In addition to the extensive Grow Literature Review on Peer Support Models, the Western Australian Centre for Health Promotion Research has offered the following summary of the benefits of peer-based programs for young people. Peer-based programs:

  • Offer a low level of threat as they are non-judgemental and strength based
  • Provide learning opportunities through role modelling
  • Empower participants to help themselves
  • Help hard to reach target groups access support
  • Are more acceptable to young people than mainstream support services

Get Growing is an innovative model of peer based early intervention that brings together Grow wisdom with the needs of young people. 

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Curriculum Alignment

The Program was designed to help schools and teachers achieve the objectives in the National Curriculum by satisfying the Personal and Social capabilities requirements and in turn lessen the burden on principals, teachers and families.

When students develop their skills in any one of these elements, it leads to greater overall personal and social capability, and also enhances their skills in the other elements. In particular, the more students learn about their own emotions, values, strengths and capacities, the more they are able to manage their own emotions and behaviours, and to understand others and establish and maintain positive relationships.

Students with well-developed social and emotional skills find it easier to manage themselves, relate to others, develop resilience and a sense of self-worth, resolve conflict, engage in teamwork and feel positive about themselves and the world around them. ‘The development of personal and social capability is a foundation for learning and for citizenship.’ – F5 Curriculum, current Australian Standard