Mental Health Support During Remote Learning

Service and support for students and families. It can be challenging to process and manage changes to routines and the uncertainty that comes with COVID-19 and related restrictions – including moving in and out of remote and flexible learning.

To assist our school community during this time, resources and support are available for parents, carers and families.

Included in this newsletter are links and a guide that will help to support the mental health and wellbeing of our students and the young people in our care during this time.

I encourage everyone in our community to access these resources and take care of themselves during this time.

Services and support for student and their families:

A Quick Guide to Student Mental Health and Wellbeing resources (also attached below) is available for students, parents and carers looking to access expert guidance and resources to support wellbeing.

For students, the guide includes 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

The guide also includes resources and support for parents and carers to help them build their child’s physical and mental health and wellbeing. This includes:

  • Resources to support children’s physical, mental health and wellbeing
  • Wellbeing activities and conversation starters for parents of primary school-aged children (attached below).
  • Headspace is running webinars for parents and carers about off ering 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
  • Through the confidential parent support hotline, available 8am to midnight, seven days a week, Phone: 13 22 89.