Mental Health and Wellbeing

In our pastoral care roles we come across great resources to help with understanding some of the complex issues our students might have to navigate through on their life journey. Listed below are some online resources parents and students might find helpful.

Life is a journey we are on, and we all travel different paths. Everyone is at some time going to encounter obstacles – things that block their way.

It's very important to remember help is always available, and each member of the Pastoral Care Team is always ready to assist in any way they can.

Mental Health And Wellbeing Websites

The Rite Journey Facebook Page -https://www.facebook.com/theritejourney

If you're going to be on Facebook, you should like this page. Created by the creators of The Rite Journey, this Facebook page is filled with articles on raising teenagers, parenting tips as well as inspirational quotes and images.

Raising Children Network -www.raisingchildren.net.au

On the Raising Children website, parents will find reliable and scientifically validated information and resources to support them in the day-to-day work of raising children and looking after their own needs. The website is growing all the time and covers a broad range of up-to-date parenting topics.

Helpguide.Org - http://www.helpguide.org/mental/troubled-teens.htm

This website has grown from a small local project to one of the world's largest, most highly regarded mental health websites with over 65 million visits in 2013. It offers unbiased, reliable information that can give a sense of hope and direction.

ReachOut -http://au.reachout.com/

ReachOut.com is Australia's leading online youth mental health service, where you can get the help you need, where and when you need it. Every year ReachOut.com helps hundreds of thousands of people under 25 tackle everything from finding motivation to getting through really tough times. You can access ReachOut.com no matter where you are, with tools and tips for making everyday life a little easier. It's the perfect place to start if you don't know where to look.

Smiling Mind - http://smilingmind.com.au/

Smiling Mind is a unique web and App-based program developed by a team of psychologists with expertise in youth and adolescent therapy, Mindfulness Meditation and web-based wellness programs. Smiling Mind is a free tool that will assist in improving the lives of young Australians, and is available online or as a smartphone App. – See more at: http://smilingmind.com.au/blog/#!/category/backgro...

Youth Beyond Blue -http://www.youthbeyondblue.com/home

beyondblue's youth program, Youthbeyondblue, aims to empower young people aged 12–25, their friends and those who care for them to respond to anxiety and depression. We support and promote environments and settings that build on strengths of young people and respond to ongoing change.

Kids Help Line -http://www.kidshelp.com.au/

Kids Helpline is a free, private and confidential, 24 hour counselling service for young people aged 5-25 years. Counselling is offered by phone, email and over the web.

KidsMatter - http://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/primary/resources-for-schools/information-sheets

KidsMatter provides families and schools with a range of resources to help them support children's mental health and wellbeing, and to recognise if and when professional help is needed.

Mental Health And Wellbeing Apps

Have a smart phone/iPod or iPhone, check out these helpful aps:

  • Smiling Mind – meditation
  • Mood Kit – mood improvement tool
  • Gratitude apps – Gratitude Journal ~the original
  • iCope – helps distract when wanting to self harm
  • Pillboxie – reminder to take medication
  • iCounselor – anger management/anxiety/depression/eating disorder
  • Body Beautiful – body image (aimed at year 6 and 7 girls)
  • Sane – talking anxiety app
  • Recovery Record – eating disorder app

Parenting Ideas With Michael Grose

Michael is the author of 8 parenting books, including his new release Thriving! and the best-selling Why First Borns Rule the World and Last Borns Want to Change it.

His popular parenting columns appear in newspapers and magazines across Australia. He appears regularly on television including Channel 10's The Circle, and is a popular & entertaining speaker as well as a frequent columnist for a variety of written media. He also has a regular fortnightly half hour parenting segment on ABC radio Victoria

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