The complex nature of mental ill-health, developmental milestones and the transition to secondary boarding school.

  • David Mander The University of Western Australia; Edith Cowan University
  • Penelope Hasking Curtin University


This Rural Connections article discusses the challenges faced by students in transition to boarding school. Highlights from the article:

  1. Further research is required to understand mental ill-health among boarding students.
  2. Culturally informed and responsive practices are needed to guide developmental and mental health understandings when working with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  3. A re-orientation towards the enormous potential of adolescence as a window of opportunity to offer positive intervention and prevention for young people experiencing, and at risk of, mental ill-health, seems particularly crucial.
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