The wellbeing of our school community is of utmost importance to us at BSC. We have a dedicated and professional wellbeing team to help our students with anything they're going through - big or small.
On top of this, we have a great connection with Banyule Youth Services, who provide free youth support, activities, and advice for high school students and their families.
See below what's happening in the world of wellbeing below!
JETS crew & BYS-FREE Online activites in term 4
Jets online Term 4 starts 12th October kicking off with lots of free opportunities for young people, weekly groups, industry standard training, events and more!
Check out what is on offer for young people:
Fill in their expression of interest form here: https://bit.ly/39Yl4kg
Or you can text them on 0411 267 427 or call 9098 8000 to chat with one of their youth workers.
Banyule youth services- online youth programs
Banyule Youth Services have an active online program, so you can still connect and enjoy these amazing events in lockdown! See the list below to check it out!
IncArt - Mondays 4pm-7pm
This is an inclusive space for young people (aged 12-25) to get their art on! This term they are investigating watercolours.
Contact email@example.com to register.
Dungeons and Dragons - 1st Saturday of each month 2pm-4pm
Starting on the 6th of September, these monthly DnD sessions are open to all young people and will explore other role-playing games as well!
Contact Lisa.Said@banyule.vic.gov.au to register.
Rainbow Space - Tuesdays 4pm-5:30pm
Rainbow Space runs for members of the LGBTIQ+ community (aged 14-25) and their allies to meet new people, have fun and feel supported.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Weekly Wellbeing Program
The Wellbeing Program focuses on providing young people with practical wellbeing advice that they can apply to their lives.
Contact email@example.com to register
oxygen - online youth mental health services
Does lockdown have you feeling down?
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Victorian Government has provided significant financial support towards youth mental health, and in particular its online program MOST.
MOST exists to provide continuous, integrated face-to-face and digital care to young people.
To visit the MOST webpage, click here: https://www.orygen.org.au/Clinical-Care/Clinical-services/Moderated-Online-Social-Therapy
live online yoga classes every Thursday!
Yoga is an ancient practice with many modern benefits...
Have you heard of yoga? Would you like to try it in the comfort of your own home?
Yoga involves stretching and movement to help counter many hours of sitting in front of a screen. It helps release and strengthen your back, shoulders and legs. It also incorporates mindfulness to help ease stress, anxiety and worries. You always feel better after it!
Ms Benitez will run live classes every Thursday from 2:30pm-3:15pm. Interested? Email TB@bundoorasc.vic.edu.au to register.
Ask izzy: connect with services
Ask Izzy is a free and confidential website that connects people to the services they need. Some of the services Ask Izzy provides access to are: housing, domestic and family violence help, food, health services, support and counselling, money help, drug & alcohol assistance and more.
Ask Izzy is a great resource for those in need. If you or someone you know is in need of support services, visit the link below to check it out:
red cross extreme hardship support program
The Australian Red Cross has initiated a COVID support program for Victorians who are experiencing significant hardship during this time. To be eligible to receive financial relief, a person must:
- live in Victoria
- be unable to access Commonwealth income support
- have very limited income, savings, and community support
- be a temporary or provisional visa holder, or undocumented migrant
If you'd like to learn more about this program, head to
Mental health support, information and referral for young people
Did you know Banyule Youth Services provides mental health support for people aged 12-25 and their families?
If you'd like support from one of the Banyule Youth team members you can connect with them via email, text message, Facebook message, phone call or video chat.
All you need to do to have access to this incredible service is fill out a form by clicking this link: www.banyuleyouth.com/support
For parents: notice changes in your young person
There might be changes in your child’s emotions, behaviour and thinking that indicate they may need some extra help. You might notice:
• feelings of fear, anxiety and sadness and/or angry bursts
• withdrawal from friends, family and activities
• being low in energy
• difficulty going to sleep
• changes in appetite
• trouble concentrating
• negative thoughts that won’t go away
• other changes in behaviour such as being more emotional or temper tantrums in younger children.
Headspace provides a comprehensive list of things you might notice about your child’s mental health. Visit: https://headspace.org.au/dads/
FURTHER SUPPORT AND INFORMATION
As well as the BSC wellbeing team, there are plenty of other free mental health resources students can access. See the list of organisations below:
General Mental Health Support:
(Inc. online counselling)
1300 22 46 36
BLACK DOG INSTITUTE
1800 551 800
(Incl. online counselling)
Mental Health Resources
Victorian aboriginal health service
1800 184 527