February is all about new adventures for school kids.
It’s that time again – a new school year! The anxiety of starting a new school can be challenging – kids changing schools, starting high school or prep for the first time and making new friends. This can all seem overwhelming for some. We have listed some of our favourite resources below to help students and their families navigate the year ahead.
Beyond Blue and their Healthy Families program is all about giving you the information, knowledge and confidence to support the young people in your life – whether you’re a parent, guardian, grandparent, a favourite uncle or an awesome auntie.
Follow this link to check out the resources and advice from Beyond Blue including:
- Child Mental Health Checklist
- Dad Stress test
- Support for Families from pregnancy thru to Teenagers 13+
- Online discussion forums
Rebecca Sparrow – Over the past 25 years Rebecca Sparrow has earned a living as a travel writer, a television publicist, a marketing executive, a magazine editor, a TV scriptwriter, a radio producer, a newspaper columnist and as an author.
She also talks to thousands of high school students (and their parents!) every year about friendship, resilience, giving back and how to have a more positive experience online. Click here to access Bec’s resources for teens & tweens and parents.
Starting high school can be stressful, and on your first day, you might feel like the smallest, youngest and newest kid in your class. It’s okay to feel a little nervous about your first few weeks of school. It’s totally normal and many of your classmates will be feeling the same. Just remember to be yourself and embrace the changes that are ahead of you.
Visit the ReachOut.com website to watch a short video with some tips on starting high school.
Headspace focuses on early intervention and works with young people to provide support at a crucial time in their lives. Anxiety can come and go – but for some people, it can stick around for a long time and end up having a big impact on their daily life. When this happens, it might be time to do something about it. Click on this link to download a fact sheet on anxiety and access resources and support.
Exercise of the Month: Exercising to reduce Anxiety
Yoga – helps to focus on breathing, which helps to slow down and calm the mind.
Bush Walking – Just 20mins in nature has shown to improve mood and reduce stress.
Running – causes lasting effects to your “feel good” neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine, both during and after exercise.
- Books about starting school for children, teens & parents
- Is your child anxious about starting school for the first time?
- Tips for managing back-to-work anxiety after working from home
- West Gippsland Libraries Resources – Managing Anxiety
- Managing Anxiety – Black Dog Institute
Local Events and Information
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