Student mental health/wellbeing and where to get help when needed.

Mrs A. Crowe, Guidance Counsellor —

At Otago Girls’ we work hard to provide ongoing care and support for all our students.

We do this through our House system where Heads of Houses, Whanau teachers and Mentors provide support, as well as our teachers, Careers Advisor, learning support team, Pasifika, Maori and International Deans and our Guidance Counsellor.

In recent weeks Dunedin has experienced the sudden death of two young people.

This has highlighted the need for us all to be vigilant around young people especially those who may have been directly affected by these recent losses as well as those vulnerable due to any challenging life issues. These may include a break down in relationships, the experiencing of mental health issues/depression, alcohol/drug issues or being exposed to trauma.

If you are concerned about a young person’s mental health/wellbeing it is important that they receive support.

At OGHS our school Guidance Counsellor, Mrs Ada Crowe is available to students and their families. Ada can be contacted by e-mail or by phone 03 4719729

Helpline options available outside of school are:

What’s up: 0800 942 8787 (5 to 18 year olds) manned midday to 11pm

Youthline: 0800 376 633, txt 234 or e-mail great for teens.

Life Line: 0800 543 354 great for all ages, and are there for parents and others supporting those at risk.

Dunedin Hospital: 0800467846, press 2 for the Emergency Psychiatric Service (EPS).

1737 Need to talk: free call or txt 1737 for support from a trained counsellor.

Samaritans: 0800 726 666

Suicide Crisis Helpline: 050 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

The Depression Helpline and for General mental health enquiries: 0800 111 757

Mental Health Foundation ‘After a Suicide “resource is free to order from the online webstore: provides information about looking after yourself and others and how to get ingoing help and support

If unsure at any time please feel free to contact Mrs Ada Crowe.