If your son or daughter is experiencing difficulties or you are concerned for their mental health or wellbeing, the school is here to help you. We look to work with families and external agencies in order to support young people, no matter the circumstance.
There are several other key services that you can consider for support if the need arises.
Your family doctor or any general practitioner (GP)
Headspace is an Australian youth mental health initiative established by the Australian government in 2006. The project is funded by the Department of Health and Ageing under the youth mental health initiative program. Headspace provides help and support for young people aged 12 to 25 at centres, online or over the phone for mental health, general health, alcohol and drug and work and study challenges.
The Headspace website contains numerous useful resources and other interactive tools to help young people and families.
Lifeline is a well-established support agency that responds to serious mental health concerns. Their specific area of focus is self-harm and suicide. They offer a 24-hour hotline for people or families experiencing difficulties. Their crisis hotline is manned by both male and female crisis supporters.
Kids helpline has proved to be a popular service for young people in NSW. They offer a phone counselling service that specifically targets young people. They also offer web chat counselling. This service is especially recommended for young people to contact if they are finding it difficult to physically approach a parent, teacher or counsellor.