At Youth Off The Streets we are constantly advocating for the wellbeing of our young people. However, we understand that there needs to be a holistic approach to providing help and support when dealing with disadvantaged young people. This includes mental health support at our independent high schools.
Sally Roseby, psychologist at EDEN College, says without appropriate support at school our young people’s health and education are at a great risk.
“Social and emotional wellbeing is considered the foundation of students ability to apply themselves academically and learn in the classroom setting,” said Sally.
“Students, who are struggling with their mental health, whether in the context of trauma, family dysfunction or social difficulties, will always find it difficult to engage appropriately with their learning. Providing a mental health professional at each of our schools allows for student’s social and emotional wellbeing to be addressed by appropriately qualified and familiar individuals.”
Mental health among young Australians is an alarming issue at present with 1 in 7 children aged 4-17 years currently diagnosed with a mental health disorder.
Australian youth aged 15-24 years old have the highest prevalence of mental illness than any other age group with suicide being the second leading cause of death among these adolescents.
It is common knowledge that disadvantaged young people are at a greater risk of poor wellbeing in comparison to the rest of the population and this includes issues relating to mental health. Homelessness poses a severe risk with 75% of the Sydney inner-city homeless population having at least one mental illness.
At our independent high schools, we have trained psychologists to further aid our kids and give them the best chance possible to gain control of their health and turn their lives around.
Often engaging with a school psychologist may be the first time our students have identified an issue or sought help for their mental health. Therefore, it is important that they feel safe and supported enough to talk through issues properly.
By providing this support, we are not only addressing our student’s current wellbeing but also increasing the chances of positive outcomes into their future.