2009 Research Grant to "Resilience Australia"
Building Childrenâ€™s Resilience in Fire Affected Communities
The Mental Health Foundation of Australia in conjunction with Monash University Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology has received a research grant from Beyond Blue to develop and evaluate a new model of responding to the needs of children following a natural disaster. This project will support and enhance existing agencies and structures for three communities.
The project aims to:
(a) Establish and trial an indicated practical early intervention through a series of workshops across three selected communities to build childrenâ€™s resilience, mental health and wellbeing following the experience of community based traumatic events (e.g., fires, floods, multiple deaths);
(b) Provide practical pathways to, and the provision of, early interventions in community settings for addressing trauma-related mental illness in children by training school teachers in identifying symptoms and signs of mental illness and by training clinicians in cognitive behavioural therapy designed to treat trauma.