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Quilt, head lice, depression & mindfulness

I was delighted to receive a gift for the Yule Brook health centre of a beautiful hand-made patchwork quilt. The quilt (pictured) was made by YBC community member Mrs Margaret Frost, a retired home economics teacher, for use in the health centre. Thank you, Mrs Frost, from the students and staff of YBC!

Head lice

We have had a number of head lice cases in school lately. The holidays are a great time to check your child/children’s head for lice.

Head lice are tiny insect parasites that live on your head and feed on your scalp. Head lice are spread by head-to-head contact with another person who has head lice. This kind of contact includes doing group work, playing or hugging.

Tips for preventing head lice

Check your child’s hair regularly for head lice and eggs (“nits”). Use a metal fine tooth ‘nit’ comb and plenty of hair conditioner applied to dry hair, to make the task easier and more effective. To help children sit still for this, offer distracting activities, e.g. play a favourite video, provide games, iPad apps, offer a head massage.

Tie long hair back. Braid long hair and/or put it up if possible. Consider applying hair gel or mousse. These do not prevent or repel lice but may help to keep stray hair strands from contact with other heads.

Avoid sharing combs or brushes.

Remind your child to avoid head-to-head contact with other children, e.g. when working at the computer with others, or when playing or hugging.

For more information:

Request the head lice fact sheet available from the school.

http://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/F_I/Head-lice

Depression

Young people may feel depressed for all sorts of reasons and their moods may vary from feeling a bit blue to feeling overwhelming sadness and hopelessness. Some may even feel suicidal. Depression often goes undiagnosed in adolescents but with the right treatment it can be managed very well.

As a parent it is important to remember that stresses that sound minor to adults may be very important to teenagers and should be taken seriously.

Depression may be triggered by a major stressful event such as a death or broken relationship. Sometimes there may be no obvious cause. Although it is often difficult to communicate with someone who is feeling low it is important not to ignore a young person’s feelings. Knowing that family and friends care and are willing to give support can be the first vital step to getting better.

If at any time you are worried about your mental health or the mental health of a loved one, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For more information on depression, go below, or contact me, or the School Psychologist, Miss Tedeschi.

http://www.headspace.org.au/

https://www.youthbeyondblue.com/

Mindfulness

We can often spend time with full and tangled thoughts constantly whirling around our minds and then we miss the joy of the present moment. When you’re mindful you’re able to pay attention to the present moment and not get swept up thinking about the past or worrying about the future.

Mindfulness has been shown to help manage stress, build resilience and compassion, improve focus at work or in the classroom and can help with creativity and collaboration. Adults and children can benefit from mindfulness, especially those who have a busy or restless mind or are experiencing stress, anxiety or other mental health issues.

To learn more about mindfulness for children and young people go below. If you would like to try an online mindfulness meditation programme for yourself or your child check out Smiling Mind.

I hope everyone has a lovely relaxing holiday. I look forward to an exciting Term 2 with everyone.

https://www.kidsmatter.edu.au

http://au.reachout.com

 

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61 Dellar Road
Maddington WA 6109

 

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