This is a page of useful contacts and links to support parents. Our school counsellors have provided this information which they and their networks have found useful for parents in the past.
Year 7 - Mr Norris
Year 8 - Miss Eke
Year 9 - Mr Harper
Year 10 - Miss McTavish
Year 11 - Mr Roberts
Year 12 - Mr Rivers
Housing Contact Centre- 1800 422 322
Paediatrician - Referral through G.P
24 hour Mental Health Access Line - 1800 677 114
Eurobodalla Community Health Intake - 1300 139 887
Womens Refuge - 4474 3226
Youth Homelessness Support Service - 4475 6011
Under 18 Legal Hotline - 1800 10 18 10
Kids Helpline - 1800 55 1800
Parent Line - www.parentline.org.au - 1300 1300 52
Department of Family and Community Services - 02 6229 7202
Family Support - 4474 2907
Brighter Futures - 4474 0419
Department Of Education wellbeing information - http://www.schoolatoz.nsw.edu.au/wellbeing/
DV Crisis Line - 1800 656 463
Rape Crisis Line - 1800 424 017
Pregnancy Helpline - 1300 792 798
Children, Youth and Womens Services - www.cyh.com.au
GENERAL MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING
MindStrength is an online course developed by Black Dog Institute for young people aged 14 - 16. It is designed to help you understand what resilience is and how it can help you get through the tough stuff in life. The course includes:
- five short, interactive and engaging modules supported by helpful explainer videos
- useful resilience building strategies including mindfulness meditation, controlling emotions, identifying your strengths and a step by step process for problem solving
- Access the course online at: www.blackdoglms.com
BITE BACK is an online interactive positive psychology website for young people developed by the Black Dog Institute, a clinical, research and education institute specialising in mood disorders. Featuring easy to access language and layout, BITE BACK provides information on mental wellbeing through a variety of mediums, mood tracking tools and guided relaxation/mindfulness activities. You can also discover ways to amplify the good stuff in life, share real and personal stories with others, check out videos, blogs and interviews of interesting people, check and track your mental fitness, and get your teeth stuck in to a bunch of activities!
BLACK DOG Institute is a world-leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.
Here you can access information about depression and bipolar disorder including symptoms, causes and treatments, There is a Q & A section, self-assessment tools and how to go about getting help.
Beyondblue is a site designed especially for young people to provide information and support on depression and anxiety. Provides information about symptoms, causes and treatment, checklists, stories, news and events.
Headspace was established and funded by the Commonwealth Government of Australia in 2006 and offers help to young people who are going through a tough time.
Headspace has various factsheets that can be downloaded on different mental health related issues including depression, eating disorders, alcohol, drugs, psychosis, self harm, relationships, sexuality, natural disasters, grief, trauma and bullying.
Headspace also has a dedicated YouTube channel.
Are you looking for someone to talk to? If you're 12-25, you can get health advice, support and information from headspace.
Go online at https://www.eheadspace.org.au/
Kids Helpline is Australia's only free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25. There a number of interactive articles on different issues.
The National Health Service Directory(NHSD) uses GPS (if accessed via a mobile or app) to help you find your nearest GP, pharmacy, emergency department or hospital.
The Tune In Not Out(TINO) website brings videos, 24hr TV, fact sheets, real stories and blogs from across Australia into one site for young people to explore.
REACHOUT is an Australian website for young people on lots of issues. Information for young people on issues such as depression, drugs and alcohol, family issues, eating disorders, grief and loss, safe sex and pregnancy, school and work. There is also a search facility to find help.
APPS THAT ARE AVAILABLE
Smiling Minds http://smilingmind.com.au/smiling-mind-programs/ A modern meditation for young people. A simple tool that gives a sense of calm, clarity and contentment.
Let Panic Go
My Calm Beat
ARE YOU CARING FOR OTHERS? CHECK THIS OUT.
Young carers help in families where someone has an illness, a disability, a mental health issue or who has an alcohol/drug problem. This site provides information to help YoungThe Young Carers Network is a place for young carers to learn about support services, access resources and share their story and opinions. Brought to you by Carers Australia.
ALCOHOL AND DRUGS
Counselling Online is a program funded by the Australian Government's Department of Health & Ageing and operated by Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre in Victoria.
Here you can communicate with a professional counsellor about an alcohol or drug related concern, using text-interaction.
This service is free for anyone seeking help with their own alcohol and drug use, or if you are concerned about a family member, relative or friend.
Counselling online is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week across Australia. You may choose to use this service anonymously or can register for ongoing assistance.
Somazone is a safe space for young people to ask questions, share stories and get help for mental health issues, sexual health, relationships, abuse, body image, and drug use.
Somazone aims to empower young people to address their physical, emotional and social health needs in a way that is relevant and non-judgemental, by providing free and anonymous access to reliable health information.
Somazone is made by young people for young people, and managed by the Australian Drug Foundation.
This is a site for students, teachers, young kids and parents covering all thiongs related to bullying.
CYBERBULLYING This website is aimed at students around 10-14 years of age. Students direct themselves on an interactive journey through a detective's office to learn more about cyberbullying. By hunting and exploring their way through a fun website, students will uncover clues and information about cyberbullying and how to recognise what to do.
ThinkUKnow is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Microsoft Australia, and is now proudly supported by ninemsn. Together, they want to make sure that you make the most out of what technology has to offer, but making sure you are safe from any of the bad stuff that could happen.
Cybersmart is a national cybersafety and cybersecurity education program managed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), as part of the Australian Government's commitment to cybersafety. The program is specifically designed to meet the needs of its target audiences of children, young people, parents, teachers and library staff.
The Digital Citizenship website provides practical advice to students, teachers and parents on the responsible use of technology, addressing safe and ethical online behaviour. Articles and resources are linked to the NSW and Australian Curriculum.
DIVORCE AND SEPARATION
A website for children and teens whose parents have divorced. You will find lots of information about what happens when your parents' separate and live in separate places, and tips to help you to cope. As all families are different exactly what is happening in your family may not be covered, however there are sections so you can find more help if you need it.
This website helps you to work out what's okay in a family and what's not. It tells you what you can do if someone in your family is hurting or abusing you or another member of your family
EATING DISORDERS AND WEIGHT
The Butterfly Foundation website has a lot of information available which include news, events, tips sheets and lots of other information on eating disorders.
Eating disorders website provides education, information, referral and advocacy for people affected by eating disorders, as well as families, carers and professionals. The site includes a chat room, message board, information sheets and reference material. http://www.eatingdisorders.org.au/
FAMILY RELATIONSHIP ISSUES
This page is for teenagers and young people and has information and advice about family relationship issues. You will find information you can read as well as services that may be able to help.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this web site may contain images of deceased people.
This website celebrates the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and is a gateway to Australian Government information on Closing the Gap.
Provides information about legal rights for people under the age of 18.
ONLINE SELF HELP PROGRAMS FOR MENTAL HEALTH
e-couch is a self-help interactive program with modules for depression, generalised anxiety & worry, social anxiety, relationship breakdown, loss and grief.
It provides evidence-based information and teaches strategies drawn from cognitive, behavioural and interpersonal therapies as well as relaxation and physical activity.
What is MoodGYM? MoodGYM is an innovative, interactive web program designed to prevent depression. It consists of five modules, an interactive game, anxiety and depression assessments, downloadable relaxation audio, a workbook and feedback assessment.
Using flashed diagrams and online exercises, MoodGYM teaches the principles of cognitive behaviour therapy – a proven treatment for depression. It also demonstrates the relationship between thoughts and emotions, and works through dealing with stress and relationship break-ups, as well as teaching relaxation and meditation techniques.