Developing and evaluating a mental health literacy learning module

Why do we need this project? 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) identifies the main reasons people don’t engage with mental health services is because of poor quality of services, low levels of health literacy in mental health, stigma and discrimination.  

Patient-facing staff at the RCH have reported low to moderate levels of confidence when approaching conversations around mental health as well as limited knowledge of support provision pathways once mental health concerns have been identified.  


Our aim is to create learning opportunities in mental health literacy education to support and upskill clinicians and patient-facing staff. The goal is to provide a tiered education platform allowing a variety of entry points for campus staff to engage with in-person or online learning modules and simulation, as well as a provide a resource point for further internal and external training opportunities. 


Our objectives are to: 

  • see an increase in clinician and patient-facing staff mental health literacy 
  • reduce stigma around mental health  
  • increase confidence in starting and engaging in conversations about mental health with patients and families  
  • provide clear service provision pathways for further support 
  • provide access to additional resources for further education 

Acknowledgement of Country

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At Mental Health Central we acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live, gather and work. We recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

We acknowledge all people with a lived or living experience of mental ill-health and recovery. At the Campus, we particularly acknowledge children, young people, families, carers, and supporters. We recognise their vital contribution and value the courage of those who share this unique perspective for the purpose of learning and growing together to achieve better outcomes for the Campus, staff, sector, and all people of lived experience.

Proudly supported by the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation