I am writing to ask that you all please check in with your young person.

There has been much discussion about the current mental health of all young people within Melbourne in particular as the recent and ongoing crisis continues. This discussion is also being had at Preshil.

With school returning to onsite learning I hope that you are all seeing some anxieties and pressures easing. As with all transitional periods, there is generally a novelty bubble and then this bubble pops. Reality awaits us all and any issues which have not been resolved are likely still lurking in the back or front of our minds waiting to pay us a friendly reminder when we least expect it. Maybe not in quite such a sinister fashion but I hope you get the point.

Young people, as I’m sure you are well aware, can be resistant and reluctant to share whats happening in their worlds and thus can sometimes go through their most intense issues suffering in silence. While some may value independence as an ideal, there is always a case to be made for reaching out for assistance.

It is important that there are avenues which remain open for young people to feel they have the options to reach out when and if they are willing. Professional services are readily available avenues, however wait times may vary given the recent increases in demand. You, as one of the primary role models in your teen’s life, are also one of these avenues. A likely well-lit and familiar avenue which may seem less daunting to venture into than some others.

Starting conversations about mental health can be tricky. But just because something is challenging doesn’t mean it isn’t worth doing. Sometimes the greatest leaps in our lives come from moments within which we are most vulnerable.

Here are some links that might help start a conversation:
https://parents.au.reachout.com/
https://www.raisingteenagers.com.au/9-ways-to-support-kids-who-are-anxious-about-returning-to-school/

Content to share together:
https://www.netflix.com/au/title/81254224
https://www.perthnow.com.au/politics/surge-in-victorian-mental-health-needs-ng-s-2035513
https://www.buzzfeed.com/hannahmarder/movies-that-got-mental-health-right

If you are concerned and are not sure where to seek help, please feel free to contact me and I will do my best to assist you.

Please remember that an opportunity for a meaningful conversation with your young person will go a long way.

All the best,

Amir
Wellbeing Coordinator