A social media campaign called ‘Plant The Seed’ is soon to be launched by a dedicated group of Year 11 students as part of their involvement in the Western Sydney University (WSU) Masterclass Competition.

This competition, which took place last year, uses project-based learning to empower students to think creatively and critically. Our students won the Mental Health & Wellbeing category and were awarded $1000 to fund their idea.

The students have provided further details below:
The Western Sydney University Youth Leadership Masterclass has brought us together to create a solution to an ongoing problem in our world - mental health. Our team is composed of Year 11 students Zara Zama, Victoria Carr, Amy Hekeik, Macy Smith, Makayla Hashim and Angelina Mitri. Over the past year, we have collaboratively been working on our campaign solution, which is finally ready to be launched!

This competition required us to design a service to address the question, ‘How can we make Headspace and mental health conversations more accessible, especially within culturally and linguistically diverse communities?’  
Recognising people’s hesitancy to start conversations regarding mental well-being, we have created a social media-based service called ‘Plant the Seed’ which conflates the idea of growing a plant with the unique and personal growth journey that comes with mental health. We seek to allow people to feel supported and validated in paying attention to the minor actions which contribute to their overall wellbeing. We also want to educate participants about how they can reach out when necessary. After weeks of planning, our efforts came to fruition as Western Sydney Uni selected our project as a winner of the one thousand dollar seed funding, turning our idea into a reality!

We have been working with Dr Nicole Bridges from Western Sydney University and Ms Chahine, Catherine McAuley School Careers Advisor, to create a seven week social media campaign which is due to start on the 1st of November through Instagram and Facebook.  To participate in and support our program please follow, ‘@planttheseedofficial’ on Instagram and Facebook.

Amy, Victoria, Angelina and Zara , Year 11




Written By

Jacqui Hamilton | School Development Officer

Jacqui Hamilton | School Development Officer
Catherine McAuley Westmead

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