This year continues to be a stressful time for young people concerned about the pandemic and its impact on their everyday lives. It may also be a particularly stressful time for parents who are not sure what support is available for their kids. It is important that we focus on mental health and talk about it.
There are a number of free, confidential and easy to access mental health support services available in person, on the phone and online around the clock.
These mental health programs and services are available both for young people and the wider community, and I encourage anyone needing assistance to reach out.
I don't want our young people or anyone else to think they won't get the help they need if they ask for it.
There are specialist counsellors in schools and resources available for teachers and families. Elizabeth Macarthur and Camden High Schools are among the first to receive their Student Support Officer through the Student Support Officer Program that will provide enhanced wellbeing and metal health support for students as part of the NSW Government's commitment to provide every public high school in NSW with a full-time counselling support service on site as well as a Student Support Officer.
There are also specialist community youth services. No young person has to feel like they have nowhere to turn when they are really struggling.
It is so important that everyone knows that there is help available.
If you, or someone you know, is thinking about suicide or experiencing a personal crisis or distress, please seek help immediately by calling 000 or one of these services:
- Lifeline - 13 11 14
- Kids Helpline - 1800 55 1800
- Suicide Call Back Service - 1300 659 467
- NSW Mental Health Line - 1800 011 511
- Headspace - 02 4627 9089