To supplement the wellbeing support from your school, a partnership between Sydney Catholic Schools and CatholicCare allows a free counselling service to be available for students.
Counsellors assist with issues such as stress, underachievement, mental health, family breakdown, grief, and behavioral difficulties that impact on the student’s learning. This support can take the form of individual counselling or evidence-based group programs for students, as well as presentations and workshops for parents and school staff.
School counselling undertaken by CatholicCare is provided by qualified counsellors, social workers or psychologists. CatholicCare has a range of other services such as parent education, family recovery, and a Family and Relationships Program that complement the school counselling service and can be accessed through CCareline on 13 18 19.
Parent Line NSW
For instant phone support Parent Line NSW has counsellors available to respond to enquiries or concerns about parenting children from 0–18 years. The Parent Line counsellors have qualifications in counselling, social work or psychology and are experienced telephone counsellors with specialised knowledge of evidence-based parenting strategies and programs.
Parent Line NSW counsellors can be accessed by calling 1300 1300 52 or through the Parent Line NSW website where you can ‘chat’ via Facebook Messenger. The service operates from 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday, and 4pm to 9pm on weekends.
Call for someone to talk to about anything that is troubling you. This site also gives helpful information and support relating to everything from relationships and family to school and personal safety.
Youthbeyondblue aims to empower young people aged 12–25, their friends and those who care for them to respond to anxiety and depression. Look for the signs of anxiety and depression, listen to your friends’ experiences, talk about what’s going on, and seek help together.
eheadspace is a confidential, free and secure space where young people 12 – 25 or their family can chat, email or speak on the phone with a qualified youth mental health professional. eheadspace can help with a broad range of issues like bullying, drug and alcohol issues, depression and anxiety, relationships, concerns about friends, fitting in and isolation.
BiteBack is a resource which contains things to do, activities for mental fitness and real-life stories to help you find out more about yourself and your mental health.
This site provides information and contacts to support young people who help family members with an illness, disability or alcohol/drug problem.
This support site is recommended for students in Years 9-12.
Smiling Mind is a not-for-profit organisation that works to make mindfulness meditation accessible to all.