Schools Up North (SUN)
Now in its fifth year, the SUN Program is sustaining and expanding a School-Based Mental Health Platform in which educators in remote schools are agents of change in enhancing engagement and early referral of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students experiencing mental health difficulties.
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 the NQ PHN, Queensland Department of Education, Queensland Health, RFDS, Menzies School of Health Research, Central Queensland University, and the Queensland University of Technology.