URSTRONG is thrilled to be an approved evidence-based provider within the Victoria State Government’s
Schools Mental Health Menu!

November 2022: The Victorian government in Australia has invested $217.8 million over four years to support student mental health and wellbeing, including $200 million over four years and $87 million ongoing to create a Schools Mental Health Fund. Government schools in VIC receive $25,000 per year (for 3 years) to spend on approved providers, including URSTRONG

Recommendation 17 of the landmark 2021 Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System recognised the important role schools play in providing universal support for the mental health and wellbeing of young Victorians. The Royal Commission acknowledged that mental health and wellbeing is an important issue for all students. In response, the department established the Fund which focuses on positive mental health promotion and whole-school approaches. Underpinning the Fund is the evidence-based Menu.

URSTRONG is thrilled to be an approved evidence-based provider on the Schools Mental Health Menu. Providers have been externally assessed for how well they support student mental health and wellbeing and had to meet a range of criteria, including:

  • evidence of program effectiveness in supporting student mental health and wellbeing outcomes
  • alignment with department priorities
  • ease of implementation by schools
  • availability of providers
  • cost-effectiveness

We look forward to sharing our whole-school friendship strategy with government schools across Victoria!

For questions about this exciting partnership or to learn more, please email michael@urstrong.com