Wellbeing support for students over school holidays
It’s been a big year and this guide provides tips and resources for parents, carers and families to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in their care over the school holidays. This includes services to reach out to if more support is needed.
Encourage your young person to:
The Department have developed wellbeing activities and conversation starters for parents and carers of primary school-aged children and secondary school-aged children.
Feeling it: mindfulness resources and activities for senior secondary students. Smiling Mind gives tips on self-care, understanding and managing emotions, being mindful, being kind to yourself, navigating uncertainty and preparing for change.
In some cases, these actions will not be enough to support positive mental health.
Keep an eye out and seek professional help for changes that last two or more weeks such as:
Young people are most likely to turn to each other for support before seeking out an adult or service provider.
Young people can support each other by:
Having these types of conversations can be difficult for young people. Information for young people on how to support a friend is available on the headspace website: How to help a friend going through a tough time
We are also approaching the first anniversary for some communities who experienced last Summer’s Eastern Victoria bushfires. The
anniversary may trigger worry or anxiety levels in children and young people that are similar to what they experienced during the event.
For more information on supporting children and young people during this time: