Top tips were flowing and I have included a few here...I also have an interview with Kym Carlson from KYDS talking about starting High School.
If you post it..they own it
We had a discussion about sensational headlines and how they try to provoke a reaction by cutting through logic and going straight for emotional responses. The headlines we spoke about today were to do with creating fear around the budget. We were lucky enough to have an interview with Nathan Bazley from BtN (Behind the News) he was amazing - as ever - and explained how BtN put their news stories together.
BtN offer a big comment section on their website and you can share how you feel and send messages of support in relation to the big stories or harder stories to cover.
P.A.T.S Program at KYDS
Paying Attention To Self - is a program the Ku-ring-gai Youth Development Service run to support young carers who have a parent, carer or sibling with a mental illness.
With guidance from KYDS specialist counsellors, the group explores mental illness and the ways that mental health issues can impact on family relationships and logistics. The group learn relaxation, how to stay safe and coping strategies, building a tool kit of resources and a strong support network, and has a few good laughs along the way.
For details of the next program check out this link to the KYDS website
Check out the tour of the Beyond Blue Bus, I took up Andy's advice and went down to check it out. This bus has travelled round the country visiting some of the major cities but also some of areas not quite so obvious areas.
Other useful resources for young carers:
Young Carers - http://www.youngcarers.net.au/resources-and-link
COPMI - http://www.copmi.net.au
Be respectful of yourselves
Interview with Kym Carlson from Ku-ring-gai Youth Development Service (KYDS). Kym sees a lot of young people around this time, so our interview offered some great tips for both the young high schoolers themselves and the parents about how to enjoy the first year. Kym has such a wonderfully supportive way about her that the tips she offers through the interview are very reassuring
Tips for students
If you want to get in contact with the KYDS service and / or Kym Carlson then please check out their contact details under the resources section to the left.
How do we keep our glass full when we are doing so much for others? It comes back to self care. The team spoke about what their self care tips were:
If you need more support Andy Marselos shared the benefits of some of the local support organisations:
Headspace - e-headspace
Beyond Blue & Youth Beyond Blue