Coles has partnered with The Resilience Project to launch a positive mental health program that will help students develop coping strategies to deal with stress.
The program will be delivered in 20 schools across Australia and was officially launched at Shepparton East Primary School by Collingwood Football Club young AFLW gunslinger Jordyn Allen.
Allen shared his football journey and mental health strategies with enthusiastic students, teachers, parents and caregivers.
With one in four primary school students and one in three secondary school students likely to suffer from mental health issues this year1The program aims to help students build resilience and develop strategies for coping with the stresses of life inside and outside the classroom.
The Resilience Project, which is popular among AFL and NRL clubs, elite athletes and workplaces, focuses on gratitude, empathy and mindfulness (GEM) as tools to help people to experience positive emotions and, therefore, positive mental health.
In school curricula, GEM is embedded in the community through engaging student, parent and guardian presentations, lesson plans, teacher resources and digital content.
Resilience Project founder and presenter Hugh van Cuylenburg said the partnership with Coles will see the program roll out to 20 more primary and secondary schools this year, including remote and regional schools, as well as schools with high indigenous population.
“This year, The Resilience Project is so proud to bring our wellbeing program to over 600 schools and 300 early years services in Australia and New Zealand,” he said.
“This partnership with Coles will allow us to reach even more school communities, especially those in regions and locations that have been devastated by floods, fires and now the ongoing stressors of COVID-19.”
“The research is clear – the more positive emotions we feel, the more resilient we will be. That’s why we focus on cultivating positive emotions through gratitude, empathy and mindfulness.
Coles Director of Legal and Safety David Brewster said Coles is proud to provide students with the opportunity to learn about gratitude, empathy and mindfulness.
“Coles is thrilled to expand our partnership with The Resilience Project to provide approximately 3,000 students with the opportunity to learn about GEM and build their resilience,” he said.
“We are especially proud to reach out to Indigenous students and schools who would otherwise not have the opportunity to participate in this important school-wide wellness program.
“At Coles, we know firsthand the positive impact of the Resilience Project. Over 120,000 Coles Group team members, including our stores and distribution centers, have been introduced to GEM and we have provided wellness journals to help our team members and their families through the challenges of COVID-19 and beyond.
“We hope the students who participate in the Resilience Project will enjoy and benefit from the program as much as our team members.”
Source: 1Resilient Youth Australia Survey, 2021