Parent Information Evening — Depression, Anxiety, Weight & Autism
On Wednesday, 12 March, 4 members of the Student Wellbeing Team presented an evening dealing with the important issues of depression, anxiety, weight and autism.
Below is a summary of what was presented on the night.
- you can’t always tell whether a person is suffering a mental health problem
- Australian stats: 1⁄4 aged 5–17’s are overweight or obese
- 1 in 5 are depressed by age 18
- 1 in 10 are diagnosed with anxiety
- i in 100 are diagnosed with autism
- Help and info is available at the following websites:-
- sadness and depression are different. When you are sad, the things that used to bring you happiness can lift your mood. When you are depressed, they don’t … nothing does.
- I wanted to just stay in my room, alone
- I had intrusive physical and sexual thoughts which were frightnening.
- My first counsellor didn’t help
- I didn’t fit in with the “boy” group at school — swearing, punching, yelling, … it just wasn’t me
- Happy music calms me and restores a sense of peace and a degree of happiness
- I attend counselling with Pascal
- I am in between sadness and depression at the moment.
- I do not take medication
- I got picked on because I was fat
- I used to pig‐out on unhealthy foods on my way to school
- I rarely exercised
- I went to Gecko gym — a kids’ gym
- My trainer believed in me and put me on an eating and exercise plan. I fully committed to it
- I am employed at the gym now
- I feel so much better, I am motivated, I play heaps of sports, I am in school teams, and girls take a lot more notice of me!!!
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBUzc6c2pZY&feature=player_embedded (watch for Karl’s story)
- I used to try to limit my anxiety by missing out on classes
- I would anticipate the worst … even days ahead of a class or a particular event
- I would really worry — maybe not show it — but I would feel sick inside
- My behaviour was often mistaken as something else … but it was really anxiety that was my problem
- With Pascal I am learning to face anxiety by (a) confronting it … like talking to the maths teacher (b) by dealing with the 4‐letter f word (fact) and not letting my imagination worry me © by taking one day at a time (d) by having something pleasurable in the day to look forward to
- this is a condition marked by impaired communication and poor social skills. It is lifelong
- it requires a great deal of organisation by the family because my sister needs lots of extra care and attends a large range of professional services which take lots of time and money
- it means that the family can’t go to places that others go to as my sister will not be able to be there or to participate in a way that makes her — or us — happy and at ease
- lots of one‐on‐one social interaction helps
- I love my sister and I have learned so much from her
- I’m a proud to see her growing into a girl (One Direction is her latest craze!!!)
Director of Student Wellbeing