FOR PARENTS AND CARERS - Wellbeing support for students over school holidays


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.

Actions that support positive mental health

Encourage your young person to:

  • Exercise and eat healthily to boost their 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 they enjoy
  • Practice positive self-talk, and remind them they are not alone
  • Seek professional help if 1

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.


Signs a child or young person may need mental health support

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:

  • Loss of interest or involvement in activities normally enjoyed
  • Feeling ‘low’, unusually stressed or worried
  • Ordinary things get harder
  • Being easily irritated or angry
  • Taking more dangerous risks, like using alcohol or drugs
  • Withdrawal or feeling overwhelmed
  • Difficulties with concentration and motivation
  • Having a lot of negative thoughts
  • Changing in sleeping and 2 3

Young people supporting each other

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:

  • 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 their friend know they may need to tell a trusted adult about their

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

Mental health support


Family violence support and resources

  • What’s okay at home:


Eastern Victoria bushfires: first anniversary

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:


Self‑harm and suicide prevention resources


headspace parent seminars on understanding mental health

  • Local headspace centres are running seminars over the school holidays to strengthen parents understanding of mental health and build skills and strategies to support mental health. For further information about dates contact:
  • headspace National has partnered with the Department of Education and Training to deliver two parent and carer twilight webinars to discuss:


Mental health resources