Welcome to the Guidance and Counselling Department. Our Guidance Counsellor is Mrs Havva Murat-Maksuti. Students and parents can make an appointment for a young person by calling the school or emailing email@example.com
School Counselling can assist young people with:
- Improving academic achievement and setting goals
- Improving organisation, time management and study habits
- Talking through personal problems with friends and family
- Improving social skills and making more friends
- Coping with grief and loss
- Identifying strengths and interests and building self-esteem and confidence
- Understanding mental health issues such as depression and anxiety
- And referring students to a mental health service if they require more specialised assistance.
Important facts about counselling:
- Counselling is confidential and details will not be shared with others, unless:
- It is a legal obligation (mandatory reporting of child abuse or court subpoenas).
- The young person or someone they know is in danger of being harmed from any source (including self-harm).
- The young person has given permission for information to be shared (e.g. GP or Paediatrician).
- Participation in counselling is voluntary and so the young person must be willing to participate.
- Counselling is not about the counsellor providing answers. Counselling is a process which aims to help the young person reach their own decisions and make their own choices.
Mental Health Emergencies
For mental health emergencies please call 000 or report to the emergency department of your local hospital.
After Hours and Online/Phone Counselling Supports
- Lifeline Telephone counselling 24 hours per day every day. Online counselling (7.00pm – Midnight) everyday.
Telephone: 13 11 14
- eHeadspace Online and telephone counselling 9.00 am-1.00 am every day for young people 12-25 years old and their family and friends.
Telephone: 1800 650 890
- KidsHelpLine Telephone and webchat counselling for young people 24 hours per day, every day.
Telephone: 1800 551 800
- Parentline Telephone support for parents who are concerned about a young person. 8.00 am – 10.00 pm every day.
Telephone: 1300 301 300
- NQConnect Telephone and online counselling support 24 hours per day, every day.
Telephone: 1300 059 625
Online Programs and Resources for Mental Health and Wellbeing
Biteback (Black Dog Institute): Mental Health Fitness Challenge. Online program and tools for mental health. https://www.biteback.org.au/MentalFitnessChallenge
Reachout.org: Mental health resources for young people. https://au.reachout.com/
The Brave Program: Self-guided program for young people experiencing anxiety. https://brave4you.psy.uq.edu.au/
Moodgym: Self-help program for managing anxiety and depression. https://moodgym.anu.edu.au/welcome
Recharge: A six-week program to improve mood, energy and wellbeing by setting better sleep
SuperBetter: An online game to help you achieve health-related goals by increasing resilience. https://www.superbetter.com/
Apps for your Phone/Tablet
Smiling Mind – Mindfulness programs and mediation.
Calm – Meditation, sleep stories, and relaxation music.
Headspace – Mindfulness programs and mediation
Down Dog – Yoga sequences at home.
Insight Timer – Meditation timer and programs.
Reach Out Breathe – Practice deep breathing.
Mood Kit – Learn how to change how you think and develop self-awareness and healthy attitudes.
Mind Shift – For teens and young adults with anxiety. Helps to change thinking about anxiety.
Break Up Shake Up: Easy, fun things to do to help you cope with a relationship breakup and