Counsellor

The School employs a counsellor who is available to students during the school week. The counsellor provides support for students and families as needed. The counsellor also works alongside teaching staff, recommending a range of strategies to help students engage with their learning.

Students may access the counsellor by self-referral (Senior School) or by referral froom a teacher or parent (Junior School). Students who would like to meet with the counsellor, can talk with their Narragunnawali (class) teacher or the Head of School to arrange an appointment. Urgent issues should be raised with the Head of School or Principal in the first instance so an emergency appointment time can be arranged.

Helpful Resources

Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800 – A free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25. Also has information on issues facing young people today. E-mail and online counselling can be accessed through www.kidshelp.com.au

Lifeline: 13 11 14 is another confidential telephone counselling service.

www.youthbeyondblue.com – fact sheets, information and blogs/videos about issues that affect young people, basic strategies to manage anxiety and depression and information about where to seek further help.
www.reachout.com – information and support for young people going through tough times.
www.headspace.org.au – information on drugs and alcohol, mental health, cyber bullying, stories from others who have gone through some tough times.
www.ecouch.anu.edu.au – a self help program that teaches skills to manage difficult times for people struggling with anxiety and depression.
www.moodgym.com.au – an interactive program that helps to prevent and manage depressive symptoms by changing unhelpful thinking patterns.