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Advice and resources for students about how to adapt your learning during COVID-19, how to look after yourself, and where to get help.

There's been lots of change going on lately, especially in the way you are learning.

Restrictions are still needed in some areas to help keep the whole community safe during COVID-19. There are also some changes at school.

Right now, it's hard to know how long these new changes will stay in place, or if more will be needed as the year goes on.

All these changes and uncertainty might make you feel confused, angry or overwhelmed. There are things you can do to look after your health and wellbeing. Remember, the kind of support you need may change as time passes.

It's also important to remember your teachers and your school community are there to support you. Your school should be a safe place to learn and somewhere where you can get extra support if you need to.

Talk to a teacher or school wellbeing member

If things are getting too much, or you're worried about someone at home, talk to a trusted staff member or another trusted adult.

It's also good to check in with your friends, to see how they're feeling. If you're concerned about another student's wellbeing or safety, you must tell a teacher or another trusted adult. This isn't betraying confidence, it's one of the best ways you can look after a friend.

If the staff member is worried about your safety, or the safety of someone else, they'll have to talk to the principal.

Looking after yourself

There are also lots of things you can do to look after yourself. You could:

  • take a break from the news and social media
  • spend time with people who make you laugh and feel happy
  • do some exercise
  • try to eat healthily and keep the unhealthy snack foods and drinks as treats
  • get creative with some art, poetry or music
  • try meditation and mindfulness

There are also a whole bunch of great tips and resources online. You might find some of these links helpful.

For students, The Mental Health ToolkitExternal Link has advice and resources to support student mental health and wellbeing. This includes advice on positive mental health promotion, curriculum support, how to identify and access support as well as parent and student-specific pages. * In addition, the Quick Guide to Student Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources highlights the most relevant evidence-based resources for teachers, parents and students.

Wellbeing support during the school holidays

Mental health support, resources and advice are available for students to access over the holidays. This fact sheet provides tips on looking after your mental health and wellbeing over the school holidays and information on the services available to you if you need to reach out for support.

For more information, as well as access to translated fact sheets, visit Mental health supports for students over school holidays.External Link

Feeling It: Mindfulness resources for secondary school students

We've partnered with Smiling Mind to bring you mindfulness resources and activities, that can help you stay positive and engaged in your education.

Educator fact sheet

A fact sheet is also available for teachers to guide you in using these resources.

Mindfulness resources for VCE and VCAL students

Mindfulness resources for students in Years 7-10

Raising concerns at school

If you are engaged and feel confident participating at school, it can help you to learn at your best. But when issues occur, they can distract you from your learning and make you feel worried.

When students and teachers work together, issues can often be resolved earlier. You must know that your teachers are here to listen to you, respect your opinions and take action when it is needed.

To help you to decide if you should raise an issue with your school, talk to an adult you trust at school, a family member or another trusted adult. If the issue is making you upset, then you must raise it.

Other support

You can also get support from other organisations, including

Kids Helpline

1800 551 800 or kidshelp.com.auExternal Link

Headspace

1800 650 890 or eheadspace.org.auExternal Link

Beyond Blue

1300 224 636 or beyondblue.org.auExternal Link

Lifeline

13 11 14 or lifeline.org.auExternal Link

Butterfly Foundation

1800 334 673 or butterfly.org.auExternal Link

1800RESPECT

1800 737 732 or 1800respect.org.auExternal Link

Coronavirus advice hotline

1800 338 663

Reviewed 26 April 2022

Coronavirus Victoria

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Call the Coronavirus Hotline if you need help to report a rapid antigen test (RAT) or if you have any questions about COVID-19.

The Victorian Coronavirus Hotline diverts to the National Coronavirus Helpline every night between 4pm and 9am.

Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

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