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Counselling, Bullying, Health & Wellbeing

School Counsellor

Our School Counsellor Ms Linda James is available to assist students and parents. Linda also liases with local agencies as required for students and families.

She can be contacted at ljames@stedmunds.act.edu.au or on (02) 6239 0606.

Mental Health Initiatives at the College:

AFFIRM:

The Australian Foundation for Mental Health Research was launched in 2003 at Parliament House in Canberra by her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir.

St Edmund's College is part of the Youth Ambassadors Program providing our senior students with the opportunity to be leaders in youth mental health.

The main role of these ambassadors are to:

  • Raise awareness about mental illness and the need to seek help early in their peers
  • Establish a positive culture around mental health by reducing stigma

Health and Wellbeing Committee:

Our Health and Wellbeing committee’s focus is on primary prevention and intervention to reduce the incidence of mental health problems in our students . We aim to empower our students to enable a sense of connectedness, meaning, accomplishment  and zest for life. We seek to help build confidence, self-esteem and resilience in order for our students to approach future life experiences, opportunities and challenges with self-assurance and energy. The program aims to buffer the effects of adverse life events by building protective factors within the individual, through the teaching of life skills. The committee is currently reviewing other areas that the principles of wellbeing can be taught to the students within the school environment.

If you are concerned that you or someone you know has depression or an anxiety disorder talking to a General Practitioner is a good place to start.

A GP can discuss treatment options and can do a medical assessment to rule out whether other conditions may be responsible for a person’s symptoms.

Help is available and it’s important to seek help early- the sooner the better.

 

Some useful links for parents and students

Kids Helpline

Tel: 1800 55 1800 (24 hour service)

Provides specialised help for young people aged 5 to 25 years, and is staffed by professional counsellors. Daily web-counselling available (see website for current times) and email counselling (not for crisis)

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Lifeline

Tel: 13 11 14 (24 hour service)

Volunteers with professional support, trained in responding to callers concerned about suicide. Provides general counselling and referrals to services in caller's local community. Calls to Lifeline from a landline are usually the cost of a local call, and calls from mobile phones are free of charge.

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Youth Beyond Blue

Beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related disorders in Australia.

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Youth Beyond Blue

Beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related disorders in Australia.

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Parentline ACT

Tel: 02 6287 3833

Provides support to any person involved in the care of children and for any family issues. Initial phone contact is with professional counsellors. Can provide phone counselling and referral and arrange follow-up within their service including some face to face counselling and phone support through trained volunteers. Some after hours appointments are available. 

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Headspace ACT

Tel: 02 6201 5343
Email: headspaceACT@canberra.edu.au

Provides information and assistance for young people experiencing mental health and/or substance issues and their families.

headspaceACT information seminars or contact ed-space @ headspaceACT

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Black Dog Institute

The Black Dog Institute maintains a list of organisations that run or coordinate mental health support groups in NSW

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Relationships Australia

Tel: 1300 364 277

Relationships Australia is a leading provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities. We aim to support all people in Australia to achieve positive and respectful relationships

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Parent Link

Parenting is often shared by grandparents, relatives, friends and those who care for children. To shape and influence a child’s life is one of the most important things one can do. ParentLink aims to provide information based on the latest research and promote the importance of effective parenting practices.

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The MoodGYM

An interactive, evidence-based program for depression which incorporates cognitive behavioural therapy. Research has found MoodGYM to be helpful in reducing symptoms of depression in users (See Online Prevention). MoodGYM is developed and delivered by the ANU Centre for Mental Health Research.

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Bullying

St Edmund's College has a Safe School Policy which aims to protect all our students from bullying. Parents should be informed about this issue and these websites will provide important information.

Please contact the college immediately if you have concerns that your child may be a victim or perpetrator of bullying additional information is outlined in St Edmund's College Safe School Policy: