Good mental health is essential to strong academic performance, positive relationships, regular school attendance, and good student behaviour. At St Brigid’s we understand wellbeing is an essential foundation for students to achieve their academic and personal best.
The College Psychologist works with staff and students to deliver preventative strategies, raise mental health awareness and identify students requiring more comprehensive support.
Along with staff training, whole school approaches to wellbeing and student skill building, the College Psychologist is able provide short term support to students and assist them to link-in with longer term external services. Direct work with students occurs with the goal of engaging them in appropriate external services and providing consultation to staff working with the student.
Year Team Leaders are the first contact if you are concerned for your child’s wellbeing. The Year Team Leader will consult with the Psychologist to arrange support. This system ensures students of greatest need are prioritised and that leadership staff are aware of the student’s situation.
If you have a son or daughter you are concerned about, there are many options for young people in need of mental health support. These include:
- Meeting with your family GP for a referral to a private psychologist or mental health professional. Through the better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative, this is an affordable and effective option.
- Find a local Psychologist: Click Here
- Relationships Australia provides excellent workshops and counselling: Relationships WA
- Individuals 12-25 years old can access headspace for free. There are various locations across Perth including Midland and Armadale: Headspace
- eheadspace provides free online or phone clinical support to 12-25 year olds.
- Kidshelpline is a free 24-hour support service for 5-25 year olds
Information and resources on mental health can be found in the Library and SchoolTV here
The websites below are sources of useful information.