Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Pandemic
These are difficult times. People all over the world and all over the country are grappling with COVID-19, in all different stages and circumstances. This experience is forced on us, so let’s cope with it in healthy ways as a school community.
For our young people, routine is the key. Psychologically reacting in unhealthy and unproductive ways can amp up the concern and uncertainty our young people are feeling. As they work from home, let’s try to normalise their education as much as we can:
• Promote regular waking and bed times to help children develop a sense of purpose for each day
• Suggest they get dressed in their school uniform for the day of education
• Follow their timetable as though they were on site
• Prepare recess and lunch before the school day starts so that it is ready to go at appropriate break times
• Have a list of physical activities young people can undertake at break times to help them feel refreshed when they re-settle to continue working
Reynella East College staff are very mindful of the disruptions to your usual routines that the presence of this virus is causing. Information, conversations and increased levels of stress in the community can lead to people feeling overwhelmed. Knowing what information to trust can also be challenging.
We have sourced a range of useful links for either personal use or for sharing with your family and friends, but this does not replace the existing wellbeing services we offer. Please continue to make contact with us via email, direct messaging or by phoning the school if/when needs and concerns arise – we are here to support you.
• Managing stress related to the COVID-19 virus, including tips to maintain a healthy mindset: click here.
• e-Headspace, a free online counselling platform: click here.
• WebChat counselling: click here.
• Phone counselling: 1800 55 1800 (free and confidential)
• Self-care tips: click here.
• Professionally reviewed self-help tools-and-apps: click here.
Youth Beyond Blue:
• Mental health information: click here.
• Online chat forum: click here.
• Phone counselling service: 1300 22 4636
Black Dog Institute:
• Dream On: smart phone app trial for young people experiencing sleep difficulties: click here.
• Self-help tools and apps: click here.
Head to Health (government search engine for locating information and resources on a range of topics):
• Sam the Chatbot: click here.
• Coronavirus: a guide for parents: watch the video here.