Wellbeing

Student Wellbeing

The key values of Melbourne Girls’ College are encapsulated in the vision of young women who will “Lead and Achieve“.

While our College achievements include academic results, our broader definition of success ensures personal, social and emotional wellbeing to support our students, as they become leaders in the community.

In addition to many whole-school wellbeing initiatives, such as clubs and programs, students from year levels 7-10 participate in timetabled Wellbeing lessons on a regular basis.

Wellbeing lessons have been developed to meet the individual needs of our students as they progress through the year levels. We deliver wellbeing support and strategies tailored to the students’ context, which align with the Victorian Curriculum Capabilities.

The themes for Wellbeing at Melbourne Girls’ College are guided by Positive Psychology and aim to develop emotional literacy in all our students. They include:

Resilience
Empathy
Gratitude
Kindness
Mindfulness

Wellbeing at the VCE level, including years 11 and 12, are also a College priority. Students in these year levels participate in variety of activities, including guest presenters, therapy animals and skills workshops, which support the development of Positive Psychology skills.

Covid-19 coping strategies to consider when times are tough

Further mental health resources, strategies and support services

Coping strategies to consider when times are tough

  • Create a routine and plan your day around your routine.
  • Do things that make you feel safe; connect to people who are helpful to your wellbeing.
  • Do things you’ve done in the past to help manage challenge and stress; reflect on your own coping strategies and write them down, put them in a place you can access daily.
  • Engage in activities that promote a sense of calm and feeling grounded; mindfulness, meditation or breathing exercises.
  • Ensure you are getting enough sleep (9 hours), eating a good variety of healthy foods each day, plenty of water and aiming for at least 30 – 60 minutes of exercise a day.
  • Find ways to relax, spend 10 minutes a day breathing slowly and calmly or use one of the breathing apps.
  • Learn something new or get creative; check YouTube for more ideas. Watch or read something uplifting.
  • Limit exposure to information from social media and the news. Source positive news pages and uplifting stories instead.
  • Listen to music, choose something that makes you feel good and make a playlist.
  • Make a list of activities that you can do at home with your family, with siblings or by yourself.
  • Practice gratitude and write a list and draw 10 good things in your life and the world. Or you could start a journal and write down 3 things you are grateful each day.
  • Talk with a trusted adult if it all feels a bit much.

Free apps that may assist in times of worry:

 

 

1 Giant Mind

 

Clear Fear

 

Mindshift CBT

SAM – Self Help for Anxiety Management
Aura DARE MoodMission Sanvello
Breathr: Mindful Moments e-Couch Reach Out Sleep Time
Calm Happify Reach Out Breathe Smiling Mind
Calm Harm Headspace Reach Out Worry Time Stop, Breathe & Think
Clear Fear Health Tap Relax Super Better
DARE Insight timer Relax Melodies: Sleep Sounds Think Ladder
e-Couch Mental Stillness Rootd – Panic Attack Relief Youper

Please have a look at the following resources available from Headspace should you require support when not at school.

e-Headspace provides free online and telephone (between 9am – 1am) support and counselling to young people aged 12 – 25, their families and friends.

If you’re going through a tough time, e-Headspace can help.
https://headspace.org.au/eheadspace/

Call us: 1800 650 890

Calling is the fastest way to connect with a clinician.

Chat online:
https://headspace.org.au/eheadspace

Use our messenger app to chat live with a clinician

When should I get help?

If you ever feel unable to cope because of overwhelming or intense emotions, or if you have any thoughts of harming yourself, then ask for help immediately.

National crisis services:
Lifeline: 13 11 14 or chat online from 7am – 12am at lifeline.org.au or text 0477 131 114 between 6pm – 12am
Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 or suicidecallbackservice.org.au
beyondblue: 1300 224 636 or beyondblue.org.au Beyond Blue offer 24/7 support on 1300 22 4636 or online chat 3pm – 12am AEST and email responses within 24 hours.

Additional youth support services: 
Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800 or kidshelpline.com.au
ReachOutreachout.com.au
BRAVE Program: brave-online.com
SANE Australia: 1800 187 263 or sane.org

Talk with a trusted adult, such as a parent, teacher, school counsellor or find out if there is a Headspace centre near you, our closest Headspace is in Hawthorn, details are below:

Headspace Hawthorn
Hawthorn Town Hall, Level 1
360 Burwood Road,
Hawthorn, 3122
Phone: (03) 9006 6500
Fax: (03) 9815 0818
enquiries@headspacehawthorn.org.au

Speak to your local doctor or General Practitioner (GP) and help make a plan for your recovery. Or you can search for a health service and GP on healthdirect

For Parents:

Parent Line: ttps://www.education.vic.gov.au/parents/services-for-parents/Pages/parentline.aspx  Support for parents of young people (aged 0-18) Phone: 13 22 89 Phone support available 8am – midnight seven days a week (translating service also available)

Orange Door: Offer referral information and support for families

Phone: 1800 319 355 Web: www.orangedoor.vic.gov.au

Relationships Australia: Provider of relationship services for individuals and families Phone: 1300 364 277 Web: www.relationships.org.au

Better Place: Provide a range of services for the enhancement of family relationships Phone: 1800 639 523 Web: www.betterplaceaustralia.com.au

Parent Links:

https://mgc.vic.schooltv.me/

https://parents.au.reachout.com/common-concerns/everyday-issues/things-to-try-risk-taking/help-your-teenager-develop-self-control?utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=Parents_Acquisition&utm_medium=ad_static&utm_content=teen-self-control

https://preventchildabuse.org/coronavirus-resources/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2020/03/14/parenting-tips-coronavirus/

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/15/health/parenting-emotional-labor-coronavirus-wellness/index.html

For Information Regarding the Virus:

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorian-public-coronavirus-disease-covid-19

https://au.reachout.com/articles/10-ways-to-take-care-of-yourself-during-coronavirus

https://headspace.org.au/young-people/how-to-cope-with-stress-related-to-covid-19/

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/coronavirus.aspx

SchoolTV

SchoolTV Link

The above link is a wellbeing platform for schools supporting parents

SchoolTV is a world first, wellbeing platform featuring Dr Michael Carr-Gregg. It addresses the modern day realities faced by schools and parents who increasingly need clear, relevant and fact-based information around raising safe, happy and resilient young people.

Whilst there is a great deal of information available, this can often be confusing and overwhelming for parents looking for guidance. SchoolTV addresses this issue. It is an online resource designed to empower parents with credible, sound information with realistic and practical strategies.

SchoolTV is a school branded resource that is available through subscribed schools thus allowing parents to access information on individual topics.