Starting at school can be stressful
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 young 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 at headspace. org.au.
We wish you and your families a safe and healthy school year ahead.
DR NATALIE GRAY, Chief medical officer, headspace.