Student Mental Health and Wellbeing

Victoria's Stage 4 COVID-19 restrictions have certainly given us a lot to think about. Remote Learning v2.0 has also presented its fair share of stress and anxiety, not only for our young people, but for their parents and wider families, too.

We want to share this short video with you, which we believe encapsulates what it's like for some of our young people trying to cope with the demands of remote learning. Some will be thriving, however, some will be struggling to cope.

Please understand that this tricky time that we're all going through is 'temporary'. We will get through this. During these times of remote learning, the first priority needs to be the mental health and wellbeing of our young people.
When we return to face-to-face learning, if there are any gaps in student's knowledge, teachers know how to, and will quickly fill those gaps and consolidate on future learning needs. For now, let's focus on the positive / silver linings to remote learning/lockdown - and there are many. Use your strengths / what you're good at, to help you get through each week. Reach out to your teachers if you're feeling overwhelmed or need help. Take a break from your studies and video chat with your mates. Go for a walk/run (within your 5km boundary). Find something to do that makes you 'happy'.

Parents/Guardians - this is not easy for you either. No one is expecting you to be perfect at everything - trying to juggle work and teach your children. Your child's teachers are managing the academic side of things. All you need to worry about is making sure you and your children are safe, well and looking for positive things in your world to get everyone through this tricky period of time. Have confidence and trust in BPC staff in that they will get your child(ren) up to speed when we return to school. Don't worry if they aren't doing 'as much' work as they would be if they were in class.

We've got this!
Paul Faci
Student Agency and Teacher of Humanities BPC

If you need support, please reach out to the many wellbeing agencies and services in and around our local community
Alexia Kanellakos (Wellbeing Manager, BPC) -
Orygen Youth Health -
Salutegenics Essendon -

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