School is right around the corner… Say what?!?!
Young people may feel a wide range of emotions when they’re heading back to school, which includes feelings of excitement, anticipation and nerves. It’s important that everyone adjusts to the changes differently – some students may settle in quickly, whilst others may find this a daunting and challenging time, and that’s okay.
There are a number of reasons why it might be hard to go to school: dealing with bullying, pressure to get the highest marks, trying to make new friends, or perhaps going through a mental health issues such as anxiety or depression. These reasons aren’t always in isolation, either but it’s important to remember that these worries can make the next few weeks an uncertain time.
Whether you are a young person struggling, or a parent with concerns about your child, headspace is here to help.
Some advice for parents:
Most parents can tell when something is out of the ordinary, but there are also signs that suggest a young person might be experiencing a mental heal problem. These are new and noticeable changes in the young person, lasting at least a few weeks, including:
- Changes in appetite or sleeping patterns
- Easily irritated, angry or frustrated for no reason
- Expressing negative, distressing, bizarre or unusual thoughts
- Seeming unusually stressed, worried, down or crying for no reason
- Involving themselves in risky behaviour that they would usually avoid, like taking drugs or drinking too much alcohol
Some tips for parents:
- Talk honestly and openly with them, and let them know that you are concerned
- Reassure them that you will be there for them, and ask what they need from you
- Let them know that there is lots of help available
- Support them in coming into our service to chat with someone about what’s going on
- Help them build and strengthen a support network
- Look after yourself as well. Get some support by talking to someone you trust, and seek professional help for yourself if you need it.
The great news is that support services such as eheadspace, Lifeline and the kids helpline are great resources are ready at the hand (or rather, device) to use if you're feeling like talking to someone about it all. Lifeline receives over 1 million contacts each year, answering more than 2200 calls a day in Australia, so store the number in your phone or on the fridge!!
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800