To supplement the wellbeing support from your school, a partnership between Sydney Catholic Schools and CatholicCare allows a free counselling service to be available for students.

Counsellors assist with issues such as stress, underachievement, mental health, family breakdown, grief, and behavioral difficulties that impact on the student’s learning. This support can take the form of individual counselling or evidence-based group programs for students, as well as presentations and workshops for parents and school staff.

School counselling undertaken by CatholicCare is provided by qualified counsellors, social workers or psychologists. CatholicCare has a range of other services such as parent education, family recovery, and a Family and Relationships Program that complement the school counselling service and can be accessed through CCareline on 13 18 19.

Parent Line NSW

For instant phone support Parent Line NSW has counsellors available to respond to enquiries or concerns about parenting children from 0–18 years. The Parent Line counsellors have qualifications in counselling, social work or psychology and are experienced telephone counsellors with specialised knowledge of evidence-based parenting strategies and programs.

Parent Line NSW counsellors can be accessed by calling 1300 1300 52 or through the Parent Line NSW website where you can ‘chat’ via Facebook Messenger. The service operates from 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday, and 4pm to 9pm on weekends.

Ongoing support offerings

St Michael’s Catholic Primary School Lane Cove has a school counsellor available two days per week. Any parent can access the school counsellor by contacting the child’s class teacher, assistant principal or principal to discuss a referral.

An invaluable family support resource is SchoolTV. St Michael’s have a yearly subscription to the website which empowers our parents and teachers with credible information with realistic and practical ongoing support strategies. It provides parents with clear, fact-based information on the many challenges faced by today’s youth. Topics such as youth anxiety, cyber-bullying and others are clearly presented.

The Seasons Program is designed to support children experiencing grief and loss due to separation, divorce, death or trauma. Children participate in eight sessions with a trained tutor in a small group situation with other students.