Branch Out

From little things, big things can grow

In response to a growing need for mental health support to extend to the younger years in the Macedon Ranges, Council is leading a first of its kind primary school mental health program.

Childhood is an important time for development, providing the foundation for future learning, behaviour and health. 

After months of community consultation, the co-designed Branch Out program was born to help strengthen the capacity of the community to support children and youth mental health and wellbeing. The evidence-based, preventative whole school model engages teachers, parents and students in grade 5 and 6 with tailor made events and resources.

Learning how to manage and respond effectively to emotions while building resilience, will be taught to parents and teachers by mental health clinicians from Tuning in to Kids. Students will explore emotions (how to identify, name and understand them) by way of music and theatre, with local theatre group, Sprouts. The goal being a shared mental health literacy that addresses mental health challenges specific to the Macedon Ranges youth. 

Branch Out is currently a pilot, working with Woodend Primary and Kyneton Primary with the aim of supporting all primary schools in the Macedon Ranges. 

For any questions and further information, call Liz Austin on (03) 5422 0333 or email