Skodel, the cutting edge software company specialising in student wellbeing check-ins, has announced a partnership with Andrew Fuller, Australia's leading clinical psychologist for families, children and school communities.
Andrew will play a critical role in supporting Skodel’s mission to give every student a voice that is heard and acted on. Skodel’s “Check-In” tool, that measures and tracks student wellbeing to help teachers and schools identify at risk students, launched in March this year.
A key feature of the Skodel service to schools will be the development of evidence-informed resources to assist school communities in responding to student wellbeing issues.
Co-founder of Skodel, Julian Fagan, said Andrew would be instrumental in bringing domain specific knowledge that is required in the field of mental health and wellbeing. This knowledge will be embedded into Skodel’s easy to use check-in application.
“Our check-in app is a short and engaging way for students to express how they’re feeling. While the data is key for wellbeing planning and identifying at risk students, the response is equally important,” Julian said.
“With Andrew’s resources and programs, we can now aid teachers and leaders in managing wellbeing issues as they arise.”
“It’s also important to remember that student wellbeing shouldn’t be the sole responsibility of teachers, principals and parents. Skodel’s resources will empower students with the knowledge and tools to track and improve their own wellbeing.”
Skodel’s co-founder, Ian Fagan, also added “our company is excited to partner with someone of Andrew’s calibre, and the partnership will open up opportunities to support more schools with curated wellbeing content and services.”
“It is very hard to find academics that can engage students and teachers the way Andrew does. He is able to articulate important concepts about mental health and wellbeing in a way that is listened to, engaged with and absorbed.”
“Importantly, Andrew has significant experience working within school communities at all levels, from senior leadership to the classroom. This experience will ensure resources are practical and fit within the unique dynamics of the busy school environment. Skodel is proud to be an effective platform for Andrew’s many relevant insights and skills.”
Andrew is a Fellow of the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Learning and Educational Development at the University of Melbourne, and has worked with more than 3,000 schools and 500,000 young people across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the UK.
Speaking about the partnership, Andrew said that the work Skodel is doing is crucial in addressing the growing issue of mental illness among young children and adolescents.
“Mental health and wellbeing need to be our highest priority in helping our young people create great futures. Skodel enables schools to reliably check-in with young people and provide assistance in planning to increase well-being. The data and trends identified by Skodel through its Check-In are a missing link that helps teachers and schools address student wellbeing in a timely and effective manner. I am delighted to recommend this initiative to schools.”
Skodel is the first company to provide real time data on student wellbeing. It aims to solve a serious and deepening issue among adolescents and young children by giving all students a voice. Its Wellbeing Check-In app is used in schools across Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the US.
About Andrew Fuller
Andrew is a clinical psychologist and author. His programs have been implemented in over 3,000 schools across Australia, NZ, Asia and the UK, impacting more than 500,000 young people on core elements of resilience - connect, protect and respect (CPR), reduction of violence and bullying, suicide prevention, mental health and building The Resilient Mindset, which he define as "the happy knack of being able to bungy jump through the pitfalls of life to rise above adversity and obstacles”. Andrew is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne and has been a scientific consultant for the ABC.