Growing With Gratitude (GWG) is a mental health and wellbeing prevention program, that supports primary school students. It’s been running successfully in Australia and around the world since 2014. From 2014 – 2022 GWG has scaled each year and has reached close to 500,000 students, accessed by 800+ schools, across 45 countries. GWG is an award-winning program including awards from Resilience Australia and in 2021 won the Innovation in Mental Health, Social and Emotional Wellbeing Award at the South Australian Community Achievement Awards.
GWG supports young people through whole of school and classroom approaches by helping to build their social and emotional wellbeing through practicing skills, such as; gratitude, kindness, empathy, positive reflection, service, frienships, self-awareness and ownership, that lead to greater resilience positivity, hope and happiness. As well as, developing emotional regulation skills so in adversity young people can use their resilience to see more positively and with hope, as well as find ways to help others in their family and their communities. Research has suggested that increasing protective factors, such as gratitude or resilience, is one of the key strategies that protects against the development of psychological disorders in children (Essau et al., 2012; Wood, Froh, & Geraghty, 2010).