Emotional Health @ Barrenjoey

Through community collaboration and partnership, Barrenjoey High School aims to develop respectful future citizens and leaders and nurture our students to become self-aware, proud, confident and resilient individuals with a passion for learning.

Our greatest goal, however, is to nurture the wellbeing of our students. Barrenjoey, like all schools, has been affected by matters of mental health and wellbeing.

The ‘Young Minds Matter’ survey (conducted for the second time in 2013-14), revealed that:

Almost 1 in 7 children and adolescents aged 4–17 years in Australia were assessed as having mental health disorders in the previous 12 months, which is equivalent to about 575,000 children and adolescents. 

Our response is to further develop and strengthen our wellbeing and support programs. One such innovation is the www.emotionalhealthatbarrenjoey.com.au website, which brings together the best of our community’s experts in the field of Mental Health. This is a website where you will find relevant and current information while being able to access clear responses addressing the many emotional concerns experienced by our youth.

Barrenjoey has been working in conjunction with two community organisations – OneEighty and The Avalon Youth Hub.  Both offer extremely helpful observations for youth on the Northern Beaches.

Thank you to the team of students, parents and staff who made this possible. Our greatest thanks go to Deb and Stu Cameron from Unifii whose expertise guided this process.