Wellbeing Services

The Hampton Park Secondary College Wellbeing Team works proactively with young people, to empower them in reaching their full potential, by developing skills including resilience and independence.

We are committed to helping strengthen the supportive learning environment at HPSC, which ensures that all students feel culturally, emotionally and physically safe. Thereby reflecting the school values of Respect, Learning, Working Together.

Student Wellbeing Services

Using an holistic, strengths-based approach, the Wellbeing Team supports young people who may be experiencing challenges in the following areas:

  • Social
  • Emotional
  • Behavioural – including risk taking behaviours
  • Academic or school-based – including school refusal
  • Family – including family separation
  • Mental health – including grief and loss
  • Child safety concerns

 

We work directly with students, and their entire support systems, in the following ways:

  • Individual counselling
  • Prevention and early-intervention – including classroom and therapeutic small-group programs
  • Case management
  • Psycho-education and harm minimisation
  • Positive mental health promotion – including mindfulness meditation, stress management
  • Positive physical health promotion – including sleep hygiene and respectful relationships
  • Consultation with parents/carers regarding their child’s learning, behaviour, social or emotional needs
  • Liaising with parents/carers to provide information and support for the whole family
  • Consultation with, and referral to, external community support services as well as specialist assessment and treatment services
  • Provision of, and referral to, material aide for families in need
  • Breakfast Club
  • Whole-school celebration days and special events – including ‘R U OK? Day’ and ‘Wear it Purple Day’

 

The Wellbeing Team are located in A1. We receive referrals for students of concern from members of Hampton Park Secondary College staff, and students are also encouraged to self-refer.

 

Additionally, parents/caregivers are welcome to make contact with any member of the Wellbeing Team, to discuss concerns on (03) 8795 9400.

Team Members

The Wellbeing Team are a multidisciplinary team, experienced in a range of areas. We strongly believe that education is a powerful tool to assist young people in achieving success, and actively work to remove any barriers students may face during their time at HPSC.  

 

Debbie Edwards                      Student Services Leader           

Katherine Elliott                       Social Worker                            

Harlin Gandhok                       Counsellor                             

Jacqueline Binns                     Counsellor  

Alisha Gibson                          Youth Worker 

Patrick Burn (Mon – Tues)      Secondary School Nurse – Department of Education  

 

Partnerships

In order to best support our students, the Wellbeing Team works collaboratively with experienced community partners. The following youth-friendly clinicians are available within the college:

  • Julian Couzins – Psychologist
  • Melanie Kemper – Psychologist
  • Foundation House clinician

 

Unlike with members of the Wellbeing Team, referrals to these allied health professionals may require a referral from your GP, called a mental health care plan. There is still no cost to families for these services, which include 10 counselling sessions (per calendar year). If you have any questions about this process, please see this factsheet.

 

Given the present climate, these clinicians are currently operating via telehealth – using video chat and email, to support students. For further information on telehealth, please see this resource.

Resources

Below are some resources that may assist our Community during this time.

COVID-19 Pandemic Resources & Supports

The Wellbeing Team understand that in these uncertain times, families may be under a great deal of strain. We remain providing direct support remotely and continue to source creative and dynamic ways to aid our college community.

During this rapidly evolving situation, the Wellbeing Team are aware that families might be confronted with difficulties they have not faced before. So that you can best respond to these challenges, we have compiled a list of support services and organisations which are accessible to our college community:

 

24 HOUR & CRISIS SUPPORT

Emergency Services

Ambulance, police, fire

000

1800 RESPECT

Family violence information and support

1800 737 732

Beyond Blue

Information and support for mental health challenges

1300 224 636

Child Protection

Southern region intake (Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm)

After hours intake

1300 655 795

131 278

Direct Line

Drug and alcohol information

1800 888 236

Gambler’s Help Line

Counselling and support for gamblers and their family

1800 858 858

Grief Line

Counselling and support for bereavement (24/7 as of Sept 2020)

1300 845 745

Kids Helpline

Counselling and support for young people aged 5 – 25

1800 551 800

Lifeline

Crisis counselling and support specialising in suicide prevention

13 11 14

Psychiatric Triage Service

All ages mental health consultation and support

1300 369 012

Safe Steps

Family violence response service

1800 015 188

Sexual Assault Crisis Line

Crisis response, support for sexual assault – also staffed by SECASA

1800 806 292

Suicide Call Back Service

Phone and online counselling for those affected by suicide

1300 659 467

 

HELPLINES (not crisis services)

Butterfly National Helpline

Support around disordered eating or body image issues

Mon – Sun: 8am – 12am

1800 334 673

Carer Gateway

Support for non-parental primary carers

Mon – Fri: 8am – 5pm

1800 422 737

Disability Information Helpline

Support for individuals with a disability, and their family

Mon – Fri: 8am – 8pm

1800 643 787

DrugInfo

Alcohol & Drug Foundation provides information on substances  

Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm

1300 858 584

eHeadspace

Phone, email, webchat counselling for adolescents

Mon – Sun: 9am – 1am

1800 650 890

Family Relationship Advice Line

Support for families, including through separation

Mon – Fri: 8am – 8pm and Sat: 10am – 4pm

1800 050 321

InTouch – Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence

Support for CALD women and children survivors of family violence

Mon – Fri: 10am – 4pm

1800 755 988

Mind Australia Carer Helpline

Support for family, friends and carers of people with mental illness

Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm

1300 554 660

No to Violence

Support around family violence prevention

Mon – Fri: 8am – 9pm and Sat – Sun: 9am – 5pm

1300 766 491

Parent Line

Support for parents and carers of children and adolescents

Mon – Sun: 8am – 12am

13 22 89

 

QLife

Support for LGBTQ+ sexuality, gender, identity and relationships

Mon – Sun: 3pm – 12am

1800 184 527

SANE Australia

Support for adults with trauma or complex mental health issues

Mon – Fri: 10am – 10pm

1800 187 263

 

WIRE

Women’s support for issues: financial, housing, relationship, legal

Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm

1300 134 130

 

COMMUNITY AGENCIES

Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement

Support and counselling for those bereaved through any cause

9265 2100

Andrews Centre

Endeavour Ministries charitable organization providing support

9700 4944

Better Place Australia

Family law information, counselling and mediation

8781 9111

City of Casey Youth Counselling & Support Service

Support for 10 – 25 year old’s, and their families or carers

Adolescents can text the mobile number for intake

9792 7279

0417 347 909

CMY – Centre for Multicultural Youth

Programs and supports for refugee and migrant young people

8594 1561

Cranbourne Information & Support Services

Provides wide range of community information and supports

5996 3333

Djirra Aboriginal Family Violence Legal Service

Support to Aboriginal people experiencing family violence

Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm

1800 105 303 

Family Life / Shine

Family support services working with vulnerable communities

Programs / support available in multiple languages

8599 5344

Foundation House

Services to people who have experienced

torture or trauma in their country of origin

8788 3333

Headspace

Youth (12 – 25 year old) physical, sexual, mental health supports

1800 367 968

Relationships Australia

Relationship support for individuals and families to achieve respect

1300 364 277

Salvation Army

Support including crisis, material aid, information and referral

9794 9533

SMRC – Southern Migrant & Refugee Centre

Provides essential services to refugees and migrants

9767 1900

South East Community Links

Practical support services to manage difficulties and build skills

9791 8344

Springvale Monash Legal Service

Free and confidential legal services across the south-east

9545 7400

Uniting (ChildFIRST)

Support services and programs for all marginalised populations

9704 8377

WAYSS

Housing support and crisis accommodation

9703 0044

Windermere

Family support: counselling, housing, parenting programs

1300 946 337

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Youth Resources & Supports

The following resources have been compiled by the Wellbeing Team, in order to provide additional support to the adolescents in our college community:  

 

Family Resources & Supports

The following resources have been compiled by the Wellbeing Team, in order to provide support to parents/carers and families:

Child Safety

The College takes seriously its commitment to child safety; for further information, see the Child Safety Policy and Code of Conduct on this website.

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