With the extension of online learning and last-minute changes to trial HSC exams causing uncertainty for senior high school students, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Adam Crouch is encouraging students to access support through the Stay Healthy HSC Hub.
Mr Crouch said Stay Healthy HSC Hub is an online one-stop-shop for students containing university information, exam tips, financial support, practical wellbeing tips and mental health support.
“Year 12 students are coming to the end of 13 years at school and are now facing the added pressure of dealing with COVID-19,” Mr Crouch said.
“ReachOut is Australia’s leading mental health service and has teamed up with the NSW Government to provide this support, and encourage them to seek help if they need it.
“This support is available 24/7 and is only a few clicks away from any student or parent.
“The 2020 HSC results show that despite all of the disruptions, students still achieved results consistent with those in year groups before them, and I am sure the 2021 cohort will also perform at a high level.”
ReachOut Chief Executive Officer Ashley de Silva said parents and carers play an integral role in supporting the wellbeing of their teenagers.
“Our research shows that young people will often turn to their parents and carers when they are stressed,” Mr de Silva said.
“We encourage parents to check in with their teenagers regularly to see how they are feeling, have open conversations about how to manage stress and also look for strategies that might help lighten their load, in particular around assessment or exam times.”
For more information, go to: https://education.nsw.gov.au/student-wellbeing/stay-healthy-HSC.