Our Community Programs

in rural and regional areas

Support for mental health in regional areas has never been more important.

The Resilience Project fosters a place-based, whole community approach to building community resilience and preparedness, targeting areas of greatest disaster vulnerability and/or mental health needs.

The state of mental health in rural and regional locations

Research tells us young people are suffering from mental ill-health in Australia, with a disproportionate weighting to rural and region locations. A preventative approach is the key to tackling our mental health crisis, which drives us to continue this important work within the communities that need it most. 

In regional Australia, the prevalence of mental illness is just as high, if not higher, compared to inner-city locations. However, as areas get more remote, there is significantly reduced access to mental health care and services (National Rural Health Alliance, 2017). Additionally, rates of suicide and self-harm are significantly higher in remote and rural areas, and increase with increasing remoteness (Harrison & Henley, 2014).

A preventative mental-health approach, like our program, is the key to equipping people with the tools to experience positive emotions, so they are more likely to cope in challenging times.

This drives us to continue this important work within the communities that need it most. 

1 in 4

Primary students are suffering from mental ill health.

1 in 3

Secondary students are suffering from Mental ill health.


of adolescents do not seek help.

What is our community approach?

Our community approach is scalable, replicable and sustainable, testament by the 29 communities we have worked across Australia over the last three years. These communities alone represent 225 schools, 74,000 students and 4000 educators.

1. Raise Awareness

2. Embed Behaviours

3. Measure Impact

We partner with local stakeholders ((ie. local council, community organisation or DET wellbeing personnel) to collaboratively engage with 6-12 schools and understand the local context. We launch the program locally with a series of community events/ presentations, designed to build capacity in the educators, and inspire a common awareness.

The holistic program continues to embed behavioural change in educators, students, parents and carers through the robust annual teaching and learning program and is periodically measured through The Resilient Youth Survey.

We proactively equip people with the tools to better navigate the challenging times as they inevitably arise. It builds skills to support and instill positive mental wellbeing and prevent poor mental health.


Communities we've worked with


  • Cairns 
  • Mackay 
  • Moranbah
  • Moura
  • Townsville









  • Broken Hill
  • Eugowra
  • Forbes
  • Gwydir
  • Hawksbury
  • Inverell
  • Maitland
  • Mid Coast
  • Moree
  • Murrumbidgee
  • Narrabri
  • Northern Tablelands
  • Orange
  • Penrith



  • Ararat
  • Bairnsdale
  • Geelong
  • Greater Shepparton
  • Hume
  • Lakes Entrance
  • Mansfield
  • Mildura
  • Sale
  • South Gippsland
  • Stawell
  • Towong
  • Warrnambool
  • Wodonga

The impact of this approach

The program has been evaluated by University of Adelaide and University of Melbourne, achieving favourable and cumulative impact across social, emotional and physical wellbeing. In the North Queensland case study, it found the program improved their students’ mental health, as well as improvement in engagement, life satisfaction and hopefulness.

The preliminary results of the latest Monash University research spoke to the beneficial and cumulative impact of having a longer term commitment to the TRP wellbeing program, noting a 20% reduction in symptoms of anxiety and a 31% reduction in symptoms of depression for schools who had been doing the program for 6-7 years.

Read more and testimonials

Thank you to our partners ...

Approved Provider

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The Resilience Project is an approved provider in several school mental health funding initiatives around Australia.

This means more kids, educators and families can benefit from positive mental health programs than ever before.