Wellbeing Health Services

“Somehow we’ve come to equate success with not needing anyone. Many of us are willing to extend a helping hand, but we’re very reluctant to reach out for help when we need it ourselves. It’s as if we’ve divided the world into ‘those who offer help’ and ‘those who need help’.

The truth is that we are both” – Brene Brown, Professor

We appreciate that the changing landscape of the world has, and will, challenge each of us. This is a time when acts of kindness and looking out for each other takes on critical importance. It is also a moment when those who pride themselves on their independence and resiliency may have to ask for help for the first time. Please know that the Wellbeing Health Team are here to support in any way we can and will be staying in contact with you by offering helpful content throughout this period. Here is some information about the support services available.

WELLBEING HEALTH SERVICES:

Psychological Resources for Online Learning and Community Wellbeing

We have added new resources on CANVAS under our Wellbeing Health icon to support the positive mental and physical health of our parents, students and staff during online learning. These resources include guided meditations, brain breaks, weekly REMAP reflections and much more. Our Headmaster, Mr Wain, has repeatedly reminded us of the importance of MENS REMAP to our general wellbeing so do take the time to explore the new and existing content that you will find there. For parents of senior students your son can show you how to access CANVAS and for our Prep families, you will be able to find all of our resources on PrepBook. Please also feel free to share these resources with neighbours, friends and loved ones to support the wellbeing of our entire community.

Who’s on your Son’s team?

Reassuring your son that he has support both inside and outside of the school environment is an important reminder right now. Here at TSS, we encourage our students to check-in with these trustworthy people that make up their ‘team’. These include: Housemasters, Mentor Teachers, Friends and Family, Chaplains and Counsellors, Coaches, Student Protection Officers, Deans and Deputy Headmasters.

Psychological Student Support at TSS

Our School Psychologists across both campuses will still be providing counselling as per usual until the end of term. However, please be mindful that some new referrals will be triaged and referred to outside agencies, as we usually do around this time of term, given that we have a large break with school holidays.

If you are concerned about how your son is coping emotionally or psychologically:

  1. Please discuss your concerns with his classroom teacher at the Preparatory School or his Housemaster at the Senior School as these staff will have greater insight into how your son has been presenting within the school environment and can offer valuable suggestions and support.
  2. If your concerns involve the presence of serious mental health concerns, or if you wish to discuss your concerns confidentially, please call or email:
  • Director of Counselling and Wellbeing Health, Dr Angela Zagoren for senior school students on 5531 9902 or [email protected]
  • Preparatory School Psychologist: Amelia-Rose Read on 5531 9943 or [email protected]

Further Professional Support for your Son

  • Headspace: https://headspace.org.au
  • Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or: https://kidshelpline.com.au
  • Reachout Online: https://au.reachout.com/
  • Lifeline on 13 11 14 or: https://www.lifeline.org.au/
  • Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 789 978
  • Discuss your needs with your General Practitioner – Under the Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative, Medicare rebates are available for up to ten individual and ten group allied mental health services per calendar year. To access this initiative, book a Mental Health Care Plan session with your GP to discuss a referral to a mental health professional.

If you believe a child is in immediate danger, or in a life-threatening situation, please call triple zero (000).

 

Student Protection at TSS

With children, teenagers and parents at home now 24-hours a day, this can cause conflict and stress, which may place children and adults at higher risk of family violence and abuse. TSS recognises its ongoing duty of care responsibilities to students (even if they are not physically attending school) whilst engaging in online learning. Our Student Protection Officers (SPOs) will remain available during the school term, as per usual. SPOs are key contacts for students, staff and other members of the school community that have a concern for a student’s safety.

If you are concerned about the safety of your son or a student within our community:

Further community information about child protection and support services is also available from the following:

Please remember that you are an important part of our TSS community and we are all in this together!

Warmest Regards,

Dr Angela Zagoren

Director of Counselling and Wellbeing Health

 

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