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I was sent a link yesterday to a brand new website resource for helping young adults with depression and anxiety called Youth Beyond Blue . It has been developed by the good people at Beyond Blue to help adults and young adults deal identify the signs of depression and anxiety and help them get the help they really need.


According to the website:


Depression doesn’t just cause young people to feel sad or down, and anxiety doesn’t just make people worry. Teenagers can express depression and anxiety in many different ways. They may:
have trouble falling or staying asleep, or complain of restless, unsatisfying sleep
be tired, grumpy, irritable, tearful or upset most of the time
feel restl...

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Schools broken up (or just about to) and whilst it can be a time of great excitement for many, it can also be a time of great anxiety and stress. Most schools have counsellors that you can still talk to but sometimes students needs additional support services that are outside of the school environment.


The following support services are free and confidential (plus if you call from a landline they don't appear on a phone bill).


Kids Help Line or call 1800 55 1800


Lifeline (counselling) or call 13 11 14


Suicide Helpline or call 1300 651 251


Griefline (counselling) 9596 7799


DirectLine (drug & alcohol) 1800 888 236


Family Drug Help (& alcohol) 1300 660 068


and for families & friends


Centres against Sexu...

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This is one of the most challenging times of year for VCE students - not only do students have to start winding up Unit 4 in preparation for their VCE exams, but they also have a number of distractions including turning 18, getting their license and attaining freedom and independance.


Unfortunately it is also a time when tragically young adults can lose their life either behind the wheel or being a passenger in a car accident. 1,496 People Dead In The Last 12 Months and Counting.... How Can You Stop Your Child Becoming Tomorrow’s Victim?


Each and every year I see our Yr 12 students get their license and worry that someone is going to do something silly. You only need to see the latest se...

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This is one of the most challenging times of year for VCE students - not only do students have to start winding up Unit 4 in preparation for their VCE exams, but they also have a number of distractions including turning 18, getting their license and attaining freedom and independance.


Unfortunately it is also a time when tragically young adults can lose their life either behind the wheel or being a passenger in a car accident. 1,496 People Dead In The Last 12 Months and Counting.... How Can You Stop Your Child Becoming Tomorrow’s Victim?


Each and every year I see our Yr 12 students get their license and worry that someone is going to do something silly. You only need to see the latest se...

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By now you are half way through the september school holidays - I hope the holidays are going well for you and you are on track. If not, check out the September school holiday conundrum article


Now before you go back to school in less than a week, I want you to stop and think for a moment.


Just imagine that you had no family support.


....or no friends.


Not one person to talk to, or lean upon, or confide in.


Can you imagine how long you would live for?


We cannot do what we set out to do without help from other people. As Dr. John Maxwell said 'If you achieve your goal without the help of other people it's too small.' The VCE is one such goal where you need the support of so many people, including y...

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Our identity forms a huge part of who we are. Without an identity, our mere existence would be at stake. A person’s identity is comprised of the characteristics they have that distinguish them from others. Our identities are inevitably shaped by fixed factors such as gender, culture and religion. They are also shaped by the groups to which we belong, the people we associate with and the surroundings we grow up in. As we journey through childhood and reach our adolescent years, the need for us to question our sense of identity intensifies, thus leading us to further explore ourselves. However, in our modern society, survival without belonging to a group can be highly demanding. For exam...

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There is one universal element that all people have to master in their life - and that is time.


Time is the great equaliser. We each have 168 hours per week with which to use our time and some people are able to achieve an extraordinary amount in that time, others not so much. Given that we all have this finite resource doesn't it make sense to try and figure out the best way to utilise your time? I have written many articles surrounding time mastery including the 8 principles of time principles and balancing priorities in the VCE and I'm passionate about finding strategies that help me to balance work, family, friends, business and health/fitness. It's never easy but it is so important for y...

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Hi all,


Last year I was sent some tips and strategies from a parent of a VCE student (Anne B). Here they are below in no particular order...Thanks Anne!


1. Do as many VCE subjects as possible in Year 11 as you will have the time to focus on these individual subjects. Year 11 you are not getting a score so you can focus on the Year 12 subjects more.


2. Every extra little bit you can do towards your "SAC" will make a huge difference to your mark at the end.


3. If you are not connecting with your teacher as well as you would like, ask a friend from another school who is doing the same subject or find out what the other schools are doing in that subject and go over their notes also.


4. Do what you ca...

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VCE has started and you are taking the first great steps towards achieving your VCE goals. It is an exciting and equally daunting time for students, parents and teachers but the information overload really hurts...particularly when you are coming off of a 6-8 week holiday! Smile


So, without wanting to add to your workload, I just wanted to quickly point out a couple of useful resources to help you get off to the best possible start to your VCE.


1. I found this AGE article the other day which helps to dispel some of the myths and misnomers about the VCE, including scaling and ENTER scores. Definitely worth the read:


http://www.theage.com.au/national/education/separating-the-facts-from-the-fictio...

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