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.
Mary MacKillop Catholic College employs a full-time CatholicCare counsellor who supports the mental health and wellbeing of our students, and assists families to connect with external agencies when needed. Our pastoral care structure, with each student having access to the Leader of Wellbeing, Year Coordinators and homeroom teachers, also provides students and their families with care, support and advice.