It can be challenging to process and manage changes to routines and the uncertainty that comes with COVID-19 and related restrictions – including moving to remote learning. To support our school community during this time, resources and support are available for parents, carers and families. These resources will help to support the mental health and wellbeing of our students and the young people in our care during this time.
Services and support for students and their families
A Quick Guide to Student Mental Health and Wellbeing resources is available for students, parents and carers looking to access expert guidance and resources to support wellbeing. Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our students remains our priority this year, especially during the continued COVID-19 pandemic and while students are learning from home during the current circuit breaker restrictions.
For students, resources to support their own mental health and wellbeing:
- Advice and resources for students about ways to adapt their learning during COVID-19, to look after themselves and where to get help.
- Wellbeing activities featuring AFL and AFLW players with tips on managing stress, staying active and gratitude.
- Smiling Mind mindfulness activities for senior secondary school students, including short videos, online tip sheets and meditations.
Resources and supports for parents and carers to help them build their child’s physical and mental health and wellbeing:
- Resources to support children’s physical, mental health and wellbeing
- Wellbeing activities and conversation starters for parents of parents of primary school-aged children and parents of secondary school-aged children
- Raising Learners podcast series
- how to talk to your child about COVID-19
- headspace is running webinars for parents and carers about offering support when they are concerned about a young person’s mental health.
Wellbeing guidance for parents and carers is also available:
- on the Department’s website
- headspace has created a video providing tips to support parents and carers during lockdown
- headspace information pack for parents and carers
- Confidential parent support hotline, Parentline, available 8am to midnight, seven days a week, Phone: 13 22 89.
Parent Guides from Parent Guides (thanks to funding from Simplot Australia)
The Parent Guides series encourages important conversations between parents, carers and teenagers. Tackling issues such as drugs, mental health, sex and respect, these valuable resources provide the latest data, advice and personal stories to help families navigate these complex issues. To ensure a quality product, Parent Guides uses talented, likeminded researchers, editors, experts and case studies to produce evidence-based booklets highlighting the latest national statistics and research. The project has ACNA not-for-profit status.