For Students - Wellbeing support over the school holidays


Wellbeing support over the school holidays

It’s been a big year and this guide provides tips to continue looking after your mental health and wellbeing over the school holidays and services to reach out to if you need support.

Actions to support positive mental health over the school holidays

  • Exercise boosts mood and mental health

– make it fun!

  • Nourish your brain by eating healthily – it will also improve your mood
  • Prioritise sleep to support mental and emotional wellbeing
  • Explore relaxation techniques and coping strategies
  • Stay in touch and catch up with friends and loved ones
  • Make time to do things you enjoy
  • Practice positive self-talk – and remember you are not alone
  • Seek professional help if 1

Feeling it: mindfulness resources and activities for students. Smiling Mind gives you tips on looking after yourself, understanding and managing emotions, being mindful, being

kind to yourself, navigating uncertainty and preparing for change.

You may find that these actions are not enough to look after your mental health. Here are some signs you may need some support.

Signs that you or a friend may need mental health support

Keep an eye out and seek professional help for changes that last two or more weeks such as:

Supporting your friends

You and your friends are most likely to turn to each other for support before seeking out an adult or service provider. You and your friends can support each other by:

  • contacting 000 if a friend needs urgent assistance or is at risk of harming themselves or others
  • reaching out to a friend, offering support and letting them know you care
  • letting your friend know you may need to tell a trusted adult about your

Having these types of conversations can be difficult. Information on how to support a friend is available on the headspace website: How to help a friend going through a tough time.

Mental health support

Self-harm and suicide prevention resources

Family violence support and resources

  • What’s okay at home:

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Mental health resources