Wellbeing encompasses the health of the whole person – physical, mental, social and emotional. When students come to school the main focus is education. We know that for students to do their very best at school and to make the most of the opportunities the college provides, they need to be well both physically and mentally.
Sometimes events happens that impacts wellbeing and may make it harder for students to learn in class. Things like-
- Family issues or problems
- Family violence
- Stress, not managing tricky situations
- Relationship problems, that is romantic relationships
- Issues or conflict with friends
- Money, not having enough for food, school supplies, uniform or excursions
- Health, physical health, you may be sick with an illness or even have a cold
And Mental Health, a mental illness like anxiety or depression are really common. One in seven young people in Year 7 to Year 12 will experience a mental health problem.
At any time students in classes could be experiencing things that will make learning and coming to school really difficult and even unpleasant.
The role of the Wellbeing Team is to promote positive mental health and wellbeing and to support students and their families when they need additional help.
The wellbeing team can effectively identify students with early signs of mental health issues, offer school-based interventions and refer students appropriately when needed. The team can offer support with referrals to community services like NESAY, Benalla Health Counselling, NECAMHS, Tomorrow Today and welfare agencies.
Early intervention strategies are implemented to assist students and their families when students are identified with emerging mental health problems before they develop into more serious illnesses or other associated problems.
Parents or Carers can contact the Wellbeing team to discuss any concerns or to seek more information about adolescent behaviours and effective parenting.
The Wellbeing team provides several programs or events throughout the year to help promote positive health and wellbeing to all students.
Financial assistance may be available for families to provide correct school uniform or help with the costs of school equipment and camps. Support with filling out forms is also available as needed.
To speak to a member of the wellbeing team please contact the school on 0357612777
Social and Emotional Curriculum
A complementary values based program is designed to best meet the needs of students as they transition to the Middle Years with a strong focus on leadership, self-confidence, self-respect and self-realisation. Emotional Intelligence development will also be a focus to support the development of students’ good mental health and strong social/emotional capabilities.
As students transition to Senior Years, the PBS Framework will continue to build on students’ knowledge of themselves and others.
Your G.P at your clinic
Benalla Health Counselling and Social Work 57614500
Parent line 8am to midnight -7 days a week.
Parent line is a phone service for parents and carers of children from birth to 18 years old and offer confidential and anonymous counselling and support on parenting issues.
For online metal health support for 12 to 25-year old’s go to eheadspace.org.au.
If you are a young person and your family relationships are breaking down or you are at risk of becoming homeless contact NESAY 57202201.
For students that engaged with outreach services at school, your service provider will contact you to make alternative arrangements.
Kids help line 1800 55 1800. Kids phone counselling service, anytime
Kids Helpline is an Australian free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25. Counsellors respond to more than 6,000 calls each week about issues ranging from relationship breakdown and bullying to sexual abuse, homelessness, suicidal thoughts, depression and drug and alcohol usage. The helpline service receives more than one million calls per year.
Kids Helpline is a fantastic resource and they have many options of engaging with clinician’s weather that is over the phone, via email or even web chat options either 1 on 1 or with like-minded young people.
Online support 5ys to 12 years of age www.kidshelpline.com.au/kids
Online support for 13-17 years of age www.kidshelpline.com.au/teens
Online support for 18-25 years of age www.kidshelpline.com.au/young-adults