Local HSC students and their families are able to access 24 hour mental health and wellbeing support in the lead up to their exams through a partnership with ReachOut.
Member for Oatley, Mark Coure, has welcomed this investment in student mental health while acknowledging the importance of supporting students through this difficult period.
“This period of uncertainty is placing added pressure on our HSC students and this additional support will ensure that they can access the resources they need in the lead up to their exams,” Mr Coure said.
“The NSW Government is working hard to provide the support and learning resources that students need to succeed and this investment means that they can access personalised and targeted support when they need it most.”
Minister for Education, Sarah Mitchell, said that in addition to the wellbeing programs being run at schools, the Government has extended a partnership with ReachOut on the Stay Healthy HSC Hub providing advice for HSC students for staying healthy while preparing for their exams.
“Physical and mental wellbeing are more important than ever at the moment, as students continue their HSC preparations while learning from home,” Minister Mitchell said.
“Students also need to remember that no matter what happens in response to the pandemic you will get your HSC, so continue studying hard and look after yourself.”
Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women, Bronnie Taylor, said the hub was a great resource to help HSC students and their parents cope during this challenging time.
“This resource draws together some fantastic information to help students look after themselves and each other and it provides links to extra help if they are feeling overwhelmed or particularly stressed out,” Minister Taylor said.
Chief Executive Officer of ReachOut, Ashley de Silva, said parents and carers play an integral role in supporting the wellbeing of their teenagers during this time.
“Year 12 is a significant time in a young person’s life and we know it can also be a stressful experience. ReachOut is pleased to be working with the NSW Government to help provide mental health support for HSC students and encourage them to seek help if they need it,” Mr de Silva said.
For more information and to access support, please visit the Stay Healthy HSC Hub via: https://education.nsw.gov.au/student-wellbeing/stay-healthy-HSC?q=