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ycentral's latest edition of The School-Link Newsletter Term 3 2013

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    NewsletterContact DetailsHelen Astolfi & Danielle SzikszaiSchool-Link CoordinatorsGateway Centre, Suite 1, Level 2237 Mann St, Gosford 2250Ph: (02) 4304 7878Fax: (02) 4304 7800




    School Counsellor

    Head Teacher-PD/H/PE

    Learning Support Team

    Deputy Principal

    Head Teacher-Welfare

    Year Advisors

    Staff Room

    Children and Young Peoples Mental Health

    This document may be reproduced in whole or part subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgement of the source















    From the SL Coordinators

    Clickfest 2013

    Clickfest 2013

    New headspace outpost Wyong

    headspace Gosford Youth

    Participation Program

    Youth Rockin the black dog

    Current Research

    Impressability Project

    Evolve Community Wellness


    School-Link News

    Services @ycentral

    GenQ Services

    Welcome to term 3 School-Link newsletter for 2013. Well we have certainly had a lot of rain and cold evenings this winter, however we have also had some beautiful winter days and trust you got to enjoy some over your term 2 break.

    Please disseminate this newsletter throughout the school so all staff have access to the information provided. This is important in understanding the role of School-Link (particularly for new staff) and the services provided at ycentral (Children & Young Peoples Mental Health and headspace Gosford).

    Just to remind you all that School-Link have sent out letters and stickers to School Counsellors, School Principals and Head Teacher Welfare to promote the School-Link Consultation Line. The School-Link line has been established to support schools working with students experiencing mental health problems. The service is now available to all schools located within the Central Coast Local Health District. This does not replace the usual referral process to ycentral but is available for consultation and support (see inside for further details.)

    ClickFest the Schools Photography and Short Film Competition is now ready for entrants to register. ClickFest is held annually to celebrate Mental Health Month, which is in October. Please encourage students to become involved. There are some great prizes this year for both individual students and their schools. We encourage you all to get behind ClickFest to help us grow this mental health initiative. See inside for further details regarding the competition, prizes and ClickFest finale event at Avoca theatre. You can also follow us on facebook.

    We are very excited to announce the date for the Mental Health and Schools conference to be held April 3rd, 2014. This conference is going to be located at Gosford Racecourse. School-Link is currently working to prepare an engaging and exciting professional development opportunity for mental health clinicians, school teachers, counsellors and welfare staff. The conference is also useful for facilitating collaboration between education and heallth professionals. Please mark the date in your calendars for 2014!

    We hope you enjoy the Term 3 School-Link newsletter and if you would like any articles included in future editions please contact us.

    cheers, Helen and Danielle

    TERM 3 2013 Vol: 7 Issue: 3

  • Mental Health Month NSW is part of a national mental health promotion campaign held in October each year.

    The time of the campaign centres on world Mental

    Health Day, which is marked each year on October 10

    What is the theme this year?

    The theme for Mental Health Month this year is

    Kindness : little acts, big impacts

    This theme promotes kindness to oneself and to others as ben-eficial to health wellbeing for ev-eryone.

    This theme is about practising self-compassion, and accepting that everyone faces challenges that you might not be aware of. It is also about encouraging kindness to others as it is as good for your own well-being as the benefactor.

    ClickFest is a Central Coast initiative that aims to promote mental health and wellbeing in an accessible, relevant youth friendly format. ClickFest is about encouraging young peo-ple (primary and high school aged) to take photos or make films that capture the notion of kindness and the positive im-pacts that small acts can have.

    It is a good excuse to get out there and have some fun...!!!

    Follow us on facebook to get updates! Gosford

    download ClickFest information and entry pack from

    or email

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    TERM 3 2013 Vol: 7 Issue: 3

    clickfest - mental health month 2013

  • Registrations are now open for the fourth annual youth photography and short film competition Clickfest that aims to raise awareness of mental health issues for young people on the Central Coast. Clickfest is celebrated each year as part of Mental Health Month, a state-wide initiative to increase awareness of the importance of good mental health. Clickfest is open to those aged between 5 and 18 years attending a local primary or high school. (Entries close 5pm September 20th 2013.)

    In each category the school with the winning entry will receive a $500 prize and the young person responsible for the photo or film will win an iPad mini. Runner up prizes include movie and family passes to local attractions. Central Coast School-Link coordinator Danielle Szikszai said Clickfest is a fun and engaging opportunity for young people to explore mental health issues in a positive way.

    Clickfest also promotes ycentral, which includes Central Coast Children Young Peoples Mental Health and headspace Gosford which provide mental health services and support for young people. Students can enter by creating a photo or short film based around the theme Kindness Little acts, big impacts which encourages the notion of positive psychol-ogy and those small acts can have positive impacts on those around us.

    This year the competition will culminate with a family friendly event, a screening of winning film entries and display of photographs at Avoca Theatre during Octobers Mental Health Month celebrations.

    The competition is an opportunity for young people to put a voice to mental health issues that they may witness, hear about or experience first-hand... Its also a good excuse to get creative and have some fun said Deb Howe, Service Manager of Children and Young Peoples Mental Health.

    Please send out ClickFest

    information to your school newsletter and

    share it on Facebook

    For more information visit

    or email

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    TERM 3 2013 Vol: 7 Issue: 3

    clickfest - mental health month 2013

  • Fifteen new headspace youth mental health services will open across the country to support young people dealing with depression, substance abuse and other mental health issues.

    The popular youth mental health service provides support in areas ranging from mental health issues, to drug and alcohol problems, physical health, social and vocational support.

    (Former) Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler, said the 15 new sites to be rolled out across Australia will provide young people in rural, regional and metro areas with a holistic health service where they feel welcome and comfortable.

    We know that 1 in 4 young people will experience a mental health issue this year, making it the single biggest issue facing young Australians, Mr Butler said.

    However, three-quarters of these people arent receiving the professional help they need because of a lack of access to youth-specific mental health services or because they dont know who to turn to. With the right early interventions we can give young people a better future and help them fully participate in the social and economic life of our community.

    As part of the Governments record $2.2 billion mental health package, additional funding of almost $200 million is being invested to establish 90 headspace sites across the country.

    An astonishing 92 per cent of young people have reported improvements in their mental health after using the head-space service, Mr Butler said.The announcement is another great milestone achieved on time and within budget. The Labor Government continues to deliver on its promise to make mental health reform a priority.

    The new headspace centres will be located in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. The new headspace outpost service will be located in New South Wales Wyong Shire (outpost service from Gosford).

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    TERM 3 2013 Vol: 7 Issue: 3

    new headspace outpost Wyong

  • headspace Gosford is in the process of recruiting young people aged 16-25 years to join the team as part of a new Youth Participation Program. The new Program will draw on the positive contributions that young people can make to enhancing mental health services.

    The aim of youth participation is to empower and engage young people around issues that are relevant to them. Research shows that youth participation is beneficial for the young person through the development of social skills and self-esteem. Participation helps to empower consumers and can be pi