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Table 1 Focus Areas of Project Air Strategy Intervention

From: A whole of school intervention for personality disorder and self-harm in youth: a pilot study of changes in teachers’ attitudes, knowledge and skills

1. Understanding Complex Mental Health Problems;
- Develop an understanding of personality disorders, its prevalence, symptoms, and risks
- Develop an appreciation for the experience of a young person with emerging personality disorder
- Develop insight into the role of compassionate communication
- Understand issues of trauma, self-harm and suicide

2. Identifying and Assessing Risk; Responding to Crisis and Self-Harm Situations; and Responding Effectively to Challenging Behaviourss;
- Develop an understanding of self-harm and its function within the context of a mental health disorder
- Develop an understanding of how to manage risks of ‘social contagion’ between young people
- Responding to challenging behaviours and incidents
- Develop an awareness of how personal reactions can escalate or de-escalate student behaviour
- An understanding of the different roles of teachers, welfare team, school counselling staff and health workers in supporting intervention and treatment

3. Working to Improve the School Environment;
- Whole of school planning to support student wellbeing
- Implementing reasonable adjustments to ensure young people with a personality disorder are encouraged to attend and complete school
- Identifying learning and support strategies that foster student engagement
- Utilising individualised care planning process to support students
4. Teacher Wellbeing;
- Develop an understanding of the importance of self-care and teacher wellbeing
- Utilising peer debriefing and consultations with school counsellors

5. Working With Parents with a Personality Disorder.
- Establish and maintain respectful, collaborative relationships with parents/carers regarding their child’s learning and wellbeing