Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realises their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community (World Health Organisation).

Mental illnesses are common in the Australian community. A national survey in 2007 found that 1 in 5 people had a common mental illness at some time during the previous 12 months. Half of all people who experience a mental illness have their first episode by the age of 18.

The information provided by links and support provided by the listed ‘helplines’ is designed to give students and parents access to a range of services. Early intervention (including visiting a doctor) and getting support is critical to help ensure the best mental health outcomes.

At Carinya if any student presents with symptoms of a mental health illness, appropriate support will be given and parents (in all but exceptional circumstances) will be notified. ‘Home and school together’ can be a powerful tool to help students experiencing a mental health condition. Referrals to professional support services will also be investigated and recommended by the school.

2. Helplines

Kids Helpline 1800 551 800

Suicide call back service 1300 659 467

Beyondblue support services 1300 659 467

Headspace Tamworth 15-25 years 6762 9290

Lifeline 24 hour counselling 13 11 14

Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre 1800 655 085

Tamworth Base Hospital 6767 7700

The Butterfly Foundation for eating disorders 1800 334 673

3. Applications

There are a number of applications available to download to your various devices. Some of these help you to assess your mental health and monitor your level of well being. Do a search for iTunes and Google Play mental health apps to see what is available. Getting advice on what might be most helpful is recommended.

Mental Health First Aid Action Plan