Building & Protecting Mental Health

by Growing With Gratitude



Our core mission is to help teachers and schools build and protect children’s mental health.

Project implemented: May 2014

Project goal

To help build & protect mental health, to teach children skills to overcome challenges and adversity and to teach children to be great citizens.

delivering on

why is this project important?

1 in 5 Australians has a mental health issue. 50% of diagnosable mental illness between the ages of 11 and 14.
As Australians we need to take on preventative measures to build and protect mental health from a young age.

Key steps to make it happen

1Schools Program

Whole school presentations and a fully resourced program for teachers to use in the classroom.

2Sports Program

Helping coaches and clubs implement gratitude, kindness, empathy, service and resilience into into trainings and matches.


Teaching leaders and employees gratitude, empathy and positive reflection, as well as how to value others in the workplace.


1-day workshop. 8-11 yo boys learn skills of how to be a resilient person.

impact to date

2015>500+ Schools
We have presented to or our program is ran in over 500 schools in Australia.
150K+ Students
Our program has reached over 150 Thousand students in Australia
40+ Countries
Growing With Gratitude is accessed in 40+ countries

Coming Soon…Our first research paper with University of South Australia is currently under review

Like a skill in a sport, resilience can be practiced.

Growing With Gratitude builds and protects children’s mental health. We do this by teaching skills based on gratitude, kindness, empathy, mindfulness, positive reflection and serving others, resulting in greater resilience and happiness. Furthermore we are teaching students skills to overcome adversity and challenges, as well as teaching students to be good citizens.

How we cracked the code?

  • CULTIVATION: Explicity teach & conscious practice. Gratitude & other positive habits is like learning a skill is a sport. We must practice.
  • TIME ALLOCATION: it centres around allocating time to allow students to
    consciously cultivate gratitude/positive habits. The good news? We don’t have to spend hours a day to cultivate in an already crowded curriculum.
  • CONSISTENCY: Many teachers will only do a positive education activity every
    now and then. To build a habit requires consistent, conscious practice.
  • FUN & ENGAGING: in our research we discovered Students find some of the
    well known activities that help cultivate gratitude & other positive habits boring.
  • REFRAMING: Teaching students (and yourself) how to reframe is one of the most powerful skills a person can learn. Through implementing the other 4 key steps reframing is the ultimate skill we are aiming to embed within our students. Reframing grows gratitude, kindness, empathy, mindfulness, resilience, a growth mindset and ultimately happy people.

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