SchoolTV: Riding the Corona Coaster

Advice for parents and carers, from Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

Advice for parents and carers, from Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

SPECIAL REPORT: 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 to be confronting for many people. The coronavirus has turned 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 a concern that mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and substance abuse will increase, especially amongst young people. In the coming weeks, it will be vital for adult carers to reduce the stress levels at home and make life seem more manageable.

As an adult carer, it will also be essential to look after your own wellbeing during this time. Ensure you make time to de-escalate your own nervous system and maintain your sleep routine, healthy eating habits, get some regular exercise, and reach out (virtually) to friends and family.

In this Special Report, families are encouraged to embrace the guidance offered to help minimise the impact of this Corona coaster.

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the College Wellbeing Team school for further information, or seek medical or professional help. Support is also available through Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or via the website

Kids Help Line

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