Our school counsellor supports students from Kindergarten through to year 12 and aims to work collaboratively with teachers, families and support organisations to facilitate the best possible outcomes for student education and wellbeing. Our counsellor deals with a range of issues related to mood, motivation and behaviour while working closely with the discipline coordinators.
As a school we cannot provide the same level of response that may be expected from a private psychologist or mental health service and so encourage families to engage with community supports through their General Practitioner and services like Headspace or local child and adolescent mental health services.
If your child is having difficulty regarding their mood, motivation or behaviour please communicate this to their teacher or year coordinator. Our counsellor can provide a mental health assessment that may help you to determine whether your child can be supported within the schools counselling and wider pastoral care structure or alternatively they may need more intensive and specialised care that is outside of our scope of practice. In any case the school is happy to contribute within a multidisciplinary approach to supporting your child.
Our students can approach our counsellor and arrange an appointment at a mutually convenient time within school hours.
Important resources and contact numbers
Headspace Coffs Harbour – 66521878
Mental Health Access Line – 1800 011 511
Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800
Life line – 13 11 14
Reach Out – http://au.reachout.com (this will redirect you away from this website)
Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636 www.beyondblue.org.au