START OF SCHOOL CAN BE STRESS­FUL

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

WHEN I think back to the start of a new school year, I can still re­mem­ber the buzzing feel­ings of ex­cite­ment, an­tic­i­pa­tion and nerves.

Am I go­ing to have classes with all my friends? Will I get bet­ter re­sults than last year? Which teach­ers will I have?

Mil­lions of young peo­ple across the coun­try head­ing into pri­mary and sec­ondary school over the com­ing weeks may be fac­ing sim­i­lar feel­ings – whether they are start­ing an­other school year or com­menc­ing a new school for the first time.

Some stu­dents can ad­just to the changes and set­tle into things quickly. How­ever, some young peo­ple may find this a daunt­ing and chal­leng­ing time.

There can be a num­ber of rea­sons why it might be hard to go school: try­ing to make new friends, pres­sure to get the best marks, deal­ing with bul­ly­ing, or per­haps go­ing through a men­tal health is­sue such as anx­i­ety or de­pres­sion.

These wor­ries can make the next few weeks an un­cer­tain time.

Whether you are a young per­son strug­gling, or a par­ent with con­cerns about your child, headspace is here to help. As the Na­tional Youth Men­tal Health Foun­da­tion, headspace pro­vides sup­port for peo­ple aged 12-25 who are strug­gling with their men­tal health and well­be­ing.

No mat­ter where you are, you can ac­cess help at headspace – ei­ther through one of our 95 cen­tres in metro, ru­ral and re­gional ar­eas of Aus­tralia, or via eheadspace.org.au where you can re­ceive on­line and tele­phone sup­port be­tween 9am1am (AEDT), seven days a week.

There are also gen­eral men­tal health and well­be­ing re­sources avail­able on our web­site: headspace.org.au.

We wish you and your fam­i­lies a safe and healthy school year ahead. DR NATALIE GRAY, Chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer, headspace.

DOCK­ERS CHUCKLE

I THINK it's hi­lar­i­ous that the Dock­ers have in­stalled “move­able goal­posts” at their new oval.

And I don't even fol­low foot­ball! NILS MARCHANT, Ocean Reef.

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