Just North: Schools Up North (SUN)

Youth mental health capacity building for secondary school staff across Cape York and the Torres regions. 

Now in its fourth year, the SUN Program is developing a School-Based Mental Health Platform in which teachers in remote schools are agents of change in enhancing engagement and early referral of Indigenous students experiencing mental health difficulty.

SUN brings high-value resources, including expert consultants in Indigenous mental health and trauma, to secondary schools, supporting their improvement efforts to hold young people in safe, supportive learning environments.

The program is partnering with school communities in Weipa, Thursday Island, Kowanyama, and most recently, Bamaga.

Key partners are PHN, Queensland Department of Education, Queensland Health, RFDS, Menzies School of Health Research, Central Queensland University, and the Queensland University of Technology.