From the Counsellors
Riding the Corona Coaster
Across Victoria, students and their families are experiencing challenging times with the state being in various stages of lockdown yet again. However, this second wave of the pandemic is now also beginning to impact other areas of Australia and New Zealand. Riding this corona coaster and navigating the ups and downs of the current reality is proving confronting for many people. The coronavirus has continued to turn our lives upside down, with some students returning to remote learning and parents continuing to juggle the home environment.
The uncertainty of not knowing what will happen next may have an impact on many students and their families. There is concern mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and substance abuse will increase, especially amongst young people. In the coming weeks, it remains vital for parents and caregivers, to reduce stress levels at home wherever possible, thus making life seem more manageable.
As adults, it continues to be important to look after personal wellbeing during this time. Be sure there is time to de-escalate the nervous system, maintain sleep routines, healthy eating habits, undertake some regular exercise and reach out personally or virtually to friends and family.
In these articles, families are encouraged to consider the guidance offered to help minimise the impact of this corona coaster. Please take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report.
If you do have any concerns about the attendance and wellbeing of a child or young person, please contact the College Counsellors for further information, or seek assistance from a Health Professional.
Junior School Counsellors
Danielle Verrilli: D.Verrilli@ignatius.sa.edu.au
Jo Kinniburgh: J.Kinniburgh@ignatius.sa.edu.au
Senior School Counsellors
Kathy George: K.George@ignatius.sa.edu.au
John Pertl: J.Pertl@ignatius.sa.edu.au