Wellbeing Team Leader's Message





Staying connected and maintaining good mental health can be challenging in times like these, especially for our young people, and for the adults supporting them. This portal will be our ‘one-stop Wellbeing shop’ where you can find a range of resources to support your child’s mental health and wellbeing, including what to look out for, where to go for help and ideas for maintaining a positive mindset.


If you have increasing concerns and need to seek help directly from the wellbeing team, please contact us on the College email or via your child’s Sub School principal and we will call you to discuss how we can help. The portal will be updated regularly so even though it’s a ‘one stop shop’ we strongly encourage you to stop here more than once!


Robyn Fincher

Wellbeing Team Leader


COVID - 19 Support

The current restrictions and measures in place in the wake of COVID-19 can be especially tough for our children and adolescents. With schools switching to online learning, local sports cancelled and social activities on hold, young people who are already navigating a world of physical and mental changes, may feel more anxiety than ever.

I will briefly list some common reactions that may occur in your child during the coming weeks. I will also provide several links to websites with information on how to support your child’s mental health.


Fear & anxiety – this may be present in children who have previously been happy and easy going. Children may be worried about the coronavirus, and how it may affect them and their family. This may be even more heightened in children whose parents are considered essential workers.


Denial – Our young people may also be in denial about what is happening around the community. Some adolescents may think “I won’t catch coronavirus” and being restricted in their movements could make them angry at times. Explaining to your child (in age appropriate language) that staying home and practicing social distancing will keep their family safe. It is also important to validate how they are feeling understand their disappointment.


Frustration & confusion – In such a technological world, we are all being subjected to high volumes of information. Whether this be the newspapers, television or social media, the information can be conflicting at times and lead to confusion for young people.


Grief & sadness – While smaller children may not be able to articulate it, they could be grieving their “normal” lives such as going to school or to dance classes, or even the simple joys of being able to hug a grandparent.


There are many ways in which we can support the mental health of our young people during self-isolation:

  • - Remind them that this is only temporary
  • - Stay digitally connected with friends and family
  • - Try to maintain physical activity
  • - Maintain regular sleep routines and eat healthy foods
  • - LAUGH!! Have a joke of the day or sit and watch some silly videos!

Lastly, if you become concerned about your child’s mental health at any stage please contact your child’s homeroom teacher for a referral to the well-being team. I hope to see the smiling faces of our students as soon as possible, but until then take care and stay safe.


Abbi Chamberlain

Social Worker.

FURTHER LINKS AND INFORMATION

  1. External Agencies and Supports - Links to external organisations and websites providing expertise in addressing mental health and wellbeing
  2. Parent Support Hub - Background information, strategies and support advice
  3. Youth Support Hub - Tips and activities for maintaining good mental health and a positive outlook
  4. Speech Pathology Support - Background information, strategies and support advice related to your child's communication development

Link to 3-6 Sub School Home Learning Page


Robyn Fincher Wellbeing Team Leader