It is important during this time for students to:

  • Stay connected
    • take time to stay connected with family and friends, using technology
  • Stay healthy
    • eat well
    • find time to exercise
    • stay well hydrated
    • take time to practice mindfulness
  • Keep routines
    • continue with school routines
    • participate in your usual family routines
  • Do things for enjoyment
    • reading – visit the Library site to borrow online books – Overdrive, Wheelers
    • learn a new skill
  • Set goals
    • Ask ‘what good will I contribute today?’
    • Ask ‘what do I need to achieve today?”

Student and Parent/Guardian Resources

Education Services Australia: Student wellbeing hub

Headspace – mental health support service for young people

Kids Helpline – mental health support service for young people

Mood Gym – interactive self-help book to help prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety

Parent/Guardian Resources

Facebook

Parenting Ideas – Parenting blogs, online courses, guides and resources

Reach Out – One-on-one support about parenting teenagers

Parentline – webchat or call 1300 301 300

Raising Children Network – parenting videos, articles and apps

Anglicare Family and Individual Counselling – 1300 610 610

This Way Up – Free during Covid19 crisis. Not for profit organisation managed by St Vincent’s Hospital and UNSW. Internet delivered CBT programs. Does not replace face to face therapy with clinician but research shows it is a helpful experience.

Positive Parenting Program – online parenting programs, seminars, group and individual programs

Karen Young – Hey Sigmund – Video What to Say to Help Kids and Teens Feel Safe When the World Feels Fragile

Family Dinner Project – Tips for conversation and activities, and expert advice on how families can increase frequency, meaning and long-term benefits of shared meals, including learning and wellbeing.

Explaining Corona Virus to Children

Student Protection

Brigidine College is committed to providing students with a caring, nurturing and protective learning environment. Students have the right to be and feel safe at home, at school and in the community.

If you are in immediate danger or a life-threatening situation call triple zero (000).

If you are experiencing harm, or at risk of experiencing harm, contact the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women on 1800 177 135 (business hours) or 1800 177 135 (weekends and out of business hours).

Family and Child Connect can help with a range of family challenges on 133 264.

You can also communicate with a Brigidine College Student Protection Contact.

 

Counselling Services

Parents/Guardians are primary care givers during learning at home environment.

The College Counselling Portal for students and parents provides links to external agencies that offer support and helpful tips including:

 Phone and online services:

Face to face appointments:

  • See your GP who can refer you to a Psychologist
  • Psychologists will likely use teleconferencing

Emergency support:

In the event of a mental health emergency, or if you are at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, contact emergency services on triple zero (000) or present to Queensland’s Children’s Hospital Accident and Emergency Department.

College personal counselling:

  • Counselling services are available for students during Learning at Home.
  • In some cases during term time, it may be necessary to book an appointment with the College Personal Counsellor.
  • During the appointment time, the College Counsellor will send students an email/Direqt Message with a Remote Counselling Informed Consent Form.
  • When the consent form has been signed and returned by the student, a counselling session using Microsoft Teams audio call and/or chat function will then be arranged (no video).
  • If there are concerns about student safety, additional steps will be taken to ensure students receive the best support (just as would occur in a face to face meeting).
  • The Counsellors refer students to external agencies when the needs of the young person extend beyond the scope of what College counselling can provide.
  • It is not uncommon for young people to seek confidential support independently. Therefore, parents and caregivers may not be made aware of the counselling session if this is developmentally appropriate. However, if there is concern for a student’s safety or wellbeing, parents will be contacted. This caveat to confidentiality is communicated with students and will be revisited at the time of booking.
  • Parent enquires regarding counselling services can be directed to counsellor@brigidine.qld.edu.au

Online Safety Resources

eSafety – This a government website that is regularly updated with a range of advice for all members of the community. The College recommends that you check this site frequently for updates. The following are some sections of the website that you should find useful.

Bullying No Way! – Online safety and tips for students.