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Wellbeing and Mental Health maintenance

August 20, 2021

Looking after yourself

To stay motivated and positive during lockdown, it is really important to look after yourself.

Here at SFX we encourage you to:

  • develop a daily routine that incorporates work, study, exercise, as well as fun activities.
  • maintain good social connections with your friends and extended family, set up regular times to meet online and include these in your routine
  • eat well, exercise and switch off from all devices at least an hour before bed.

We have created this page of resources and links as a “one stop shop” to help our school community during this time.

Please let us know if you have any other helpful items we can share.

For our students


Remote learning does should not be stressful, so try not to get frustrated. You can:

  • Email your class teacher and ask for help
  • Ask questions in your class chat or conference
  • Set alarms on your iPad or phone to remind you when each of your conferences will occur so you don’t miss them

Visit SFX social media pages

Our social media pages are full of helpful communication items and helpful tips and tricks to help you throughout Remote Learning and lockdown.


In particular, our daily updates from our Senior Leadership Team on Instagram!

We all love a good quiz

Here’s a fun and helpful little tool from ReachOut . Take the ‘Checking in with yourself quiz’ for teens to help you reflect on how you are feeling and figure out what to do next:

Other interactive tools


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Lockdown and your Mental Health

If the current restrictions are exacerbating existing problems for you, or within your family, please seek help from your Year Coordinator or the relevant professional service:

  • NSW Mental Health Line – 1800 011 511
  • Beyond Blue Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service – 1800 512 34
  • Lifeline – 13 11 14
  • Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800
  • Headspace (9am-1am) – 1800 650 890
  • 1800RESPECT – 1800 737 732
  • Mensline – 1300 78 99 78
  • Suicide Call Back – 1300 659 467


More great resources

Beyond Blue and Be You

You are mostly likely familiar with Beyond Blue. Be You has been created by Beyond Blue to help young people and those that work in an education environment.

Click on the images below to go directly to their websites.



The Brave Program


The Brave Program is an online program for the treatment of anxiety in young people. It was specifically designed to teach young people the skills they need to reduce anxiety and to cope with stressful situations.

The Brave Program is based on Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and has been running in Australia for over 13 years. Therapy techniques used in this program include: relaxation training, identification of emotions and thoughts, positive self-talk, coping skills, problem solving and graded exposure.

Remember, we are here for you

Counselling support is still available at school and online. Requests should be made to counsellor@sfx.act.edu.au

If you, or another family member, require assistance please let us know by calling 6258 1055 or leilaha@sfx.act.edu.au.


For our parents and carers

Supporting your child

It’s been a stressful time all around the world as we deal with COVID-19 and the uncertainty it brings.

Here are some resources to help you support your teenager through it all.

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Our social media pages are also full of helpful communication items and helpful tips and tricks to help you throughout Remote Learning and lockdown.

Supporting your own wellbeing

Take advantage of your workplace’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP). They might have some other great ideas to help you through these times too.

As always, our teachers and college staff are also available to assist throughout this time. Please feel free to contact the school on 6258 1055.


For our staff

Resources for students

Here are some great resources for you to read up on for helping students during this time, as well as share with them during pastoral.

  • Reach Out has a series of articles for students as well as wellbeing resources.
  • Orygen.org.au provide researched based articles about youth and mental health.

Taking care of yourself

CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn is the provider of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for our employees.

Employee Assistance Programs provide a free, voluntary and confidential counselling service for employees and their families. Our counsellors can assist in the prevention, early intervention and resolution of both personal and work related issues. EAP can assist you with:

  • Workplace conflict
  • Stress
  • Critical incidents
  • Workplace transitions
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Parenting issues
  • Separation or divorce
  • Loss and grief

Staff can contact our EAP on 1800 068 698.


For everyone

This is a factsheet from Orygen.org.au with some great information for family, friends and young people about taking care of yourself during COVID-19.

Essential items

We understand that with a growing number of people in quarantine or isolation that some households are finding it difficult to get groceries delivered in a timely manner due to demand. Please see if you can get a friend or family member who isn’t subject to quarantine or isolation requirements to do a grocery shop for you and leave it on your doorstep. However, if you need to order home delivery, there are a range of options to consider when ordering groceries. As well as the major supermarkets, a number of other grocers and independent supermarkets also offer delivery.

Click on the image below for further information.

Essential workers

We also send out a huge thankyou to those of you who are supporting the wider community as essential workers! As a community it is vitally important that we support each other during this time.



The College reception is open from 8.15am to 4.15pm, Monday to Friday during the school term.

02 6258 1055

Barnard Circuit
Florey ACT 2615
PO Box 3248 BC
Belconnen ACT 2617

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