On behalf of Youth Off The Streets we would like to extend our support, along with some advice from our wellbeing team, out to the community and to anyone who may be struggling.
We understand that adjusting back into school after the break of school holidays will be different this time given the circumstances, and many students are still feeling isolated and alone.
Our Deputy Principal of Wellbeing John Martin has been working among staff tirelessly to provide support for all young people who need it.
“Our support staff at Youth Off The Streets are doing everything we can to ensure we are still caring for the wellbeing of young people in every way possible, even if it’s remotely. By ensuring our young people feel safe and supported it can make all the difference in helping them pull through this crisis. We encourage everyone to reach out and check in on your friends and family and to ask for help if you need it. “
Our student wellbeing team has seen the importance of maintaining the social connection, emotional support and classroom collaboration amongst all students, reminding all our kids that we are all still there for them.
In saying all this, here are a few ideas from our wellbeing team to help you look after yourself and others during these tough times.
Manage your Mental Health
Maintaining good mental health practices is important now more than ever. In these strange times it may take some people longer to adapt, and that’s okay. Given this, we encourage anyone who may need help to speak out and ask for it. It also goes both ways by remembering to check in on others who may need help too.
Show Compassion to Others
In a world that is currently filled with messages of ‘doom and gloom’ it’s crucial we remain kind and compassionate to one another. By remaining positive it can greatly boost emotional wellbeing among others and yourself in your daily life.
It’s important to try and get some exercise into your day during this time, to boost your mood and keep you healthy. Those working or studying from home are stuck at their desks all day and getting some exercise in is a great stress reliever to take your mind off things. There is also a huge influx of online workouts during this time that you can check out!
Stay Socially Connected
As we’re being told to stay physically distant from one another this does not mean we can’t stay socially connected. In what can seem like lonely times, it’s important to remember you’re not alone and you can still reach out to your friends and family virtually. There are many different ways you can do this and people are getting creative with technology to stay connected.
Take Regular Breaks
Just as you would do at work or at university, it is important to get up from your desk and take regular breaks to clear your head. You can take this time out to focus on something you really enjoy doing, you may even pick up a new hobby!.
All in all, the best possible message we can send out there right now, is one that shows the importance of supporting each other in times of need.
We know times are tough and this is our way of saying we care, and we are thinking of you. Together we can help others to feel safe and supported through these uncertain times.
Thank you for your support.
If you or anyone you know needs immediate assistance there is support available, contact:
Emergency Services – 000
Lifeline – 13 11 14
Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636
Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800