Learning & development

January 30 2017

Mental health benefits when teens ‘belong’ at school

Kelly Allen MAPS FCEDP
Presented by Educational and developmental psychologist

Dr Kelly Allen MAPS says research shows that a sense of belonging is important to ensure young people thrive at school

Motivation, achievement and mental health are all strengthened when teens feel they belong at school.


Wellbeing programs are in place in many schools to help those in the first and last years of high school, but Dr Kelly’s extensive research reveals that initiatives to foster belonging are also important in the middle years.

With implications for the long-term health, wellbeing and achievement of young people, are schools on the ball about belonging?