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Well-being

Well-being team

A safe and supportive environment is conducive to successful learning. Student health and welfare are a priority at Wyndham College. The Wellbeing Framework for Schools supports the cognitive, physical, social, emotional and spiritual development of students and allows them to connect, succeed and thrive throughout their education.

The well-being team provides many avenues of support and aims to ensure that every student is known, valued and cared for. Use the links provided as well as checking in with the well-being team. The well-being team consists of Head Teacher Welfare, Year Advisers, Deputies, Principal, Chaplain, Social Worker and School Counsellor who meet each week to ensure that all students are provided with the support that is needed for them to reach their potential.

Students are also allocated a mentor teacher whom they meet with every day during Connect time to act as their personal guide at Wyndham College. Read the Well-Being Policy for more information.


Social Workers

Wyndham College has social worker students from Western Sydney University on staff ready to support students at the point of need. The school social work role is unique in its approach as it focuses on the student in the school environment in order to facilitate successful learning outcomes through the relief of distress, the removal of barriers or inequities, and the development of safe and inclusive schools and communities.

Our social worker students run a breakfast club for students who would like to attend and meditation and relaxation sessions each week as well as organising the food pantry and hampers including toiletries. 


Be You Program 

Wyndham College runs the Be You program throughout Year 11 and 12. Be You aims to transform Australia’s approach to supporting children’s and young people’s mental health in schools. 

The program offers a flexible, whole learning community approach to well-being through 5 modules endorsed by Beyond Blue

Life Ready Program 

Wyndham College delivers the Life Ready Program to Years 11 and 12. This is a mandatory 25-hour course designed to prepare and support senior students as they encounter situations related to health and safety as they become more independent and gain more responsibilities.

It focuses on offering opportunities for students to build the functional knowledge and skills for life post school.


Streetsmart Program 

Wyndham College provides opportunities for students to participate in the Streetsmart program which aims to assist young people through the sometimes complex issues which confront their lives.

Neighbourhood Watch Australiasia together with NSW Police have put together the Streetsmart Handbook for students to reference any time they want.


Useful Links 

  • Beyond Blue - support with anxiety, depression and suicide prevention 
  • Reachout -  helps under 25s with everyday questions through to tough times
  • Kidshelpline - free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.
  • Headspace - centres around Australia can help with mental and physical health, alcohol and other drugs, and work and study. Visits are free and confidential.
  • esafety.gov.au website - a comprehensive, dynamic and interactive online safety hub for Australians.
  • Child Safety Handbook - NSW Police Legacy produced this resource emphasising prevention.
  • Niggle - online personalised information, videos, podcasts, quizzes and tips to help you tame your niggles.
  • Our Local is a website for young people to find opportunities, activities, services and events in their area. 
  • Care & Connect on this page, you'll learn how to care for yourself and look out for others.
  • Community Resource Network - ACL is a directory of local community service providers for food, shelter, help etc

Skillbot App

The Wyndham College Well-being team recommends that students download the Skillbot App which was developed by a youth homeless case worker. 

This app assists young people transitioning to independent living and helps with some of the common, and sometimes unusual, queries they have. 

Situations that most adults take for granted, need to be learned, such as how to fill in a rental lease agreement.  

Young people don’t always have someone to teach them these things. The Skillbot App is available for download for both android and iOS devices.



Headspace

Headspace has made the decision to transition their services across to a virtual telehealth model. All service offerings across both the headspace sites and headspace
early psychosis will continue to be available to current service users and new referrals that may present. These service offerings will be provided via telephone and telehealth (Microsoft Teams).

Parramatta Missions approach is based on the intention to minimise risk, ensure the safety of the community and teams.

The virtual services will be operational from Friday 20th March. Young people requiring support from the 20th March will need to call the relevant headspace centre to talk to a liaison officer.

Parramatta Mission is committed to work though the challenges that may arise as a result of Covid-19. Headspace Mt Druitt, Penrith and Early Psychosis teams will work remotely to ensure services to young people remain accessible and supportive during this time.


Stride Safe Place

Stride is a drop-in centre in the heart of Blacktown city centre to provide a safe and supportive space for residents struggling with mental health issues.

The Safe Space service is open between 3pm and 9pm four days a week (Wednesday to Saturday in Blacktown), providing a secure and welcoming environment for people experiencing psychological distress.

Open to those aged 16 years and above, the service is targeted at reducing hospital emergency department presentations by offering alternative support for people at low risk.

Trained mental health staff are available to immediately assess those who visit and help with planning ongoing support.

The service is run by Stride, an organisation which delivers community psychosocial support, supported residential care, and clinical treatment and interventions to people with mental health concerns, as well as their families and carers.

Safe Space is located at 24 Panorama Parade in Blacktown and is open Wednesday to Saturday, 3pm to 9pm.

For more information: www.stride.com.au or call 1300 001 907.