Guidance & Support Still Available

April 30, 2020

Wellington College Guidance Counsellors

Our Guidance Counselling team continues to be available to provide support for students, whānau & staff while we are learning and working from home.

Please email Lyndon at l.coppin@wc.school.nz or Jane at j.gray@wc.school.nz for a video or phone appointment.

Alternatively you could phone or text Lyndon on 022 015 0877 or Jane on 022 016 1774 during school hours - or leave a message.

Please note that if you are dealing with an urgent mental health issue or crisis then it is best to call Te Haika (CCDHB) on 0800 745 477.

Click here for further information about the wide range of support which is available to all students from Wellington College staff.

Anonymous Online Reporting

We also have a new online reporting tool WC Bullying Free Helpline for you to use if there is anything happening that is potentially harmful to anyone in our community - both online and offline.

A Message from the Wellbeing Prefects

Skylight Trust - Resources

The team at Skylight has produced COVID-19 resource packs to help with anxiety and stress in both children/teens and adults.The e-packs for children/teens include resources on: “how to strengthen children and teens against anxiety after news of a world trauma”, “helping children cope with fears and worries” and “coping skills for managing emotions.” The adult packs include resources on "adjusting to change" and 'job loss" as well as general anxiety management strategies. To order a COVID-19 pack click here.

Skylight Trust - Skype Counselling

Skylight is also offering Skype counselling for the first time to support Kiwis during this coronavirus crisis. Eleven of its 15 nationwide counsellors are now ready and offering online sessions for children aged 12-years and up, as well as adults. Parents with younger children have the option of counselling for parenting strategies/solutions. To find out more about Skype counselling click here or call 0800 299 100.

New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience - Blogs, Webinars & Resources

Click here a wide range of high quality blogs, webinars & resources from the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience.

Massey University Psychology Clinic

The Psychology Clinic at Massey University in Wellington is offering online psychological treatment at a reduced price of $80 per session with the aim of ensuring psychological support is available to young people and adults who are struggling with low mood or anxiety, and/or are having difficulty adjusting to the uncertainty of the current climate.  Please contact Carrie Wilson (Clinic Secretary) on (04) 801-0492 or at C.Wilson1@massey.ac.nz for further information or to book an appointment at a time that suits.

Key Phone Numbers

Lifeline 0800 543 354 or text free to 4357

Youthline 0800 376 633, free text 234

Samaritans (anytime – 24 hours) 0800 726 666

Suicide Crisis Line 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

Kidsline 0800 54 37 54 (0800 kidsline)

What’s Up 0800 942 8787

Anxiety New Zealand 0800 269 4389 (0800 ANXIETY)

Online Resources

The Ministry of Health’s website includes Top ways to look after your mental wellbeing during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Nathan Wallis has some helpful videos on his Facebook page for parents and whānau.

Tips on looking after mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19 from the Mental Health foundation.

The Health Promotion Agency's website helps New Zealanders recognise and understand depression and anxiety.

25 Mental Health Wellness Tips during Quarantine from Eileen M Feliciano, Psy.D. – although overseas-based this is a good list and highlights some things particularly important for children. (Remember the rules of New Zealand’s level 4 lockdown still apply.)