We’re thrilled to announce that Northside is taking part in Australia’s largest ever wellbeing study for high school students – the ‘Future Proofing’ Study. We’ll be working with the Black Dog Institute and UNSW, along with 170+ other schools, to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Australian teenagers.

Participating students will try out new mental health apps and complete surveys at school about their health and wellbeing until they are in Year 12. The surveys will ask about a wide range of issues important to young people, including health, emotions, friendships, school, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students need parent permission and a smartphone to participate. School sessions with smartphones will be supervised by staff. Please follow this link to read the study information sheet and complete the consent form online: https://www.fpstudy.org.au/Northside

We hope you consider your child’s participation in this study. Even before COVID-19, research was showing that mental health concerns in teenagers are on the rise. Northside Christian College is keen to be part of the solution, so we’re encouraging all students to participate.

If you would like to learn more, please feel free to watch this 11-minute information video from the research team: https://youtu.be/Mf2OsMfFKSs

You can also email the research team to answer your questions: futureproofing@blackdog.org.au