It’s been difficult for many of us to adjust with these massive changes, so our counsellors just wanted to let everyone know that what many of you are going through are pretty normal emotions. Some of you might still feel a bit confused, some might be a bit scared, some might be getting a bit stir crazy or feeling a bit isolated, and some might be just going with it. Please know that you are not alone, and there is no right or wrong way to feel about this whole COVID-19 thing.

It is really important to be aware of your wellbeing and to manage it by maintaining routines where possible, staying physically active, eating nutritious foods and seeking additional further professional support if you are struggling.

For those students who already have booked appointments with our counsellors, they will contact them over email or phone. School counsellors also have access to a video platform called "Coviu", so they are still available to have a chat with their laptops. Feel free to contact them if you would like to still catch up!

If students find it hard to get into their schoolwork, or find that their wellbeing isn’t as good as they’d like it to be, please get in touch with either of our counsellors. It takes guts to ask for help.

Students can contact Steve directly, or either of our counsellors via their Year Adviser, or another member of the school staff who they trust.

Steve's email address: stephen.perry@det.nsw.edu.au

Lesley-Anne's email address: LesleyAnne.Elbourne@det.nsw.edu.au

In the meantime, please stay safe!

Here are some great websites and phone numbers which could also help.

Support Resources
1. Reach Out: Online mental health service that provides practical support, tools and tips to help young people get through day to day issues to tough times. Information and resources available for parents to help them support their teenagers.
https://au.reachout.com/articles/10-ways-to-take-care-of-yourself-during-coronavirus

2. Headspace: Counselling and mental health support to young people between the ages of 12 to 25 years old. A range of online resources for young people and their parents. Phone: 1300 737 616.
https://headspace.org.au/young-people/how-to-cope-with-stress-related-to-covid-19/

3. E-Headspace: Free online and telephone support and counselling to young peple from the ages of 12-25 and their families.
https://headspace.org.au/eheadspace/

4. Kid’s Helpline: Free online and phone counselling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for young people aged 5 to 25. Online resources for children, adolescents and parents about a range of topics such as managing stress, coping with emotions and bullying.
https://kidshelpline.com.au/

5. Youth beyond blue: A cool website for anyone going through tough times, but also with tips on how to help a friend you might be worried about.
https://www.youthbeyondblue.com/

6. Mental Health Line: Offers professional help, advice and referrals to local mental health services. Available to everyone in NSW and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1800 011 511.
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/mentalhealth/Pages/Mental-Health-Line.aspx

7. Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services: Provide support and treatment to children, adolescents and their families with a range of difficulties that are seriously impacting on their mental health and emotional wellbeing. Referrals can be made by a child, young person, parents and caregivers, a General Practitioner, health professional or the child/young person’s school. For advice, assessment and referral call The Mental Health Line (freecall) on 1800 011 511.
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/mentalhealth/Pages/camhs.aspx

8. Black Dog Institute: The Black Dog Institute is dedicated to understanding, preventing and treating mental illness. They are about creating a world where mental illness is treated with the same level of concern, immediacy and seriousness as physical illness; where scientists work to discover the causes of illness and new treatments, and where discoveries are immediately put into practice through health services, technology and community education.
https://blackdoginstitute.org.au/coronavirus-anxiety-resources

9. MoodGym: Interactive online program designed to help teenagers with:
- Identify whether they are having difficulties with anxious and depressive mood.
- Learn skills that help teenagers cope with these emotions.
https://ehubhealth.com/index.php/moodgym/

10. Brave Program: Interactive online program for children aged between 3-17 and their parents. Children and adolescents who engage in the program will be provided with information and skills to help overcome their fears and anxiety. Parents who participate in the program will receive training in how to assist their child to implement anxiety management strategies.
https://brave4you.psy.uq.edu.au/