Struggling Mentally?

Everybody feels down, sad, frustrated, stressed or anxious at times, but it’s important to be able to recognise when a mood or behavioural change has become more than a temporary thing.

There are a number of emotional, physical and behavioural signs that will indicate if you are experiencing a mental health concern. They will be different for everyone and each individual will experience them to varying degrees. If you are concerned about your mental health or noticing changes in your energy levels, mood or overall well-being please make a time to speak with one of the counselling staff.

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What do I do if I’m struggling physically or mentally?

Everybody feels down, sad, frustrated, stressed or anxious at times, but it’s important to be able to recognise when a mood or behavioural change has become more than a temporary thing.

There are a number of emotional, physical and behavioural signs that will indicate if you are experiencing a mental health concern. They will be different for everyone and each individual will experience them to varying degrees. If you are concerned about your mental health or noticing changes in your energy levels, mood or overall well-being please make a time to speak with one of the counselling staff.


What is a mental illness?

Mental illness is an umbrella term that refers to a group of illnesses that affect the way we think, feel, behave and respond to our environment. Mental illness is diagnosed by a General Practitioner, Psychologist or Psychiatrist according to a standardised criteria.

A mental health concern also interferes with how a person thinks, feels, and behaves, but to a lesser extent than a mental illness. Mental health concerns are more common and are usually a temporary reaction to the stressors of life. Mental health problems are less severe than mental illnesses, but may develop into a mental illness if they are not effectively dealt with.


How do I know if I should speak to someone?

If you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious or just generally not feeling as good as you would like, it is a good idea to talk to someone. Talking can help you feel less alone with your problem. Sometimes, having someone there to just listen so you can let things out can help. Talking can reduce stress and it can help you to break down problems into smaller parts, which can help to reduce that feeling of being overwhelmed. Your Home Group teacher, Assistant Head of House and Head of House are all available to help you. Of course, you can always make a time with one of the school counsellors if you feel you need to.

Although the behavioral signs and symptoms will vary with each individual, it is important to note some of the signs (e.g. feelings, thoughts and behaviors) which may indicate the presence of mental ill health. You can read more about some of the signs and symptoms of the commonly known mental ill health conditions:

Anxiety  Depression  Post

Traumatic Stress Disorder

(PTSD)  Bipolar Disorder

What is Physical Health issue and Who do I speak to if I need to regarding physical health concerns? (within SCHS processes)

If there are any physical health concerns, it is recommended that you speak to a staff member (HG teacher, HoH, AHoH) or bring it to the attention of the front office staff who are trained in First Aid. If you need immediate attention someone can call emergency services 000. Alternatively, it is recommended that you make an appointment with your regular GP to get a check-up. 

The student counsellors can also support students to make either a telehealth appointment or a regular appointment with a GP at the  Women’s Health Hub which is located close to the school.

Healthdirect Hotline – 24/7 days a week Ph: 1800 022 222 (You can call this number to speak to a registered nurse about your health concerns)


How do I know if I should speak to someone?

It is recommended that students speak to someone (e.g. parents, GP, trusted staff member or the school counsellor) if you have any concerns.