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Checking in regularly

By Seymour Telegraph

School has started for the year and despite potential eye-rolling and the dragging of feet, it also means a return to ‘normal’ life and routine for most students.

But for some students, it’s time of severe anxiety and stress.

headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, which provides early intervention and services for young people, can provide help and guidance for those having trouble adjusting to the new academic year.

headspace clinical practice executive director Vikki Ryall said some children and teens found the return to school to be a stressful time with the pressure to make friends, to fit in, expectations of achieving good marks and, unfortunately for some, a return to dealing with bullies.

She said parents could be the most help for children if having difficulty adjusting.

‘‘Parents can tell when something is out of the ordinary, so it’s good if you can check in regularly with your young person to see how they’re feeling and to endorse the positives of going back to school,’’ Ms Ryall said.

‘‘Helping your young person to set up a routine is also a great way to ensure they are going into the new school year with a balance between study, social life, self-care and family time.’’

If a young person is not comfortable talking to a local GP, they can find help at eheadspace, online and through the phone service where they can talk to someone one-on-one via online chat at headspace.org.au/eheadspace/

●Any child or teen who needs to speak to someone urgently should phone Lifeline 131114 or Kids helpline 1800551800.