Welcome to the Trinity College WELLBEING Hub!
A message from Chappy Sandy and Chappy Dave:
Parents, we know that you are the most influential person/s in your children’s lives and that taking the opportunity to play and interact with your child/ren allows them to learn social and communication skills in a safe environment. Armed with simple, in-expensive ideas where you can creative a space to talk about fears, concerns or celebrate the positive aspects of self-isolation or current circumstances, you are able to take control of your family’s health and safety.
As we navigate the online space together, Chappy Dave and I will be placing positive socialising and wellbeing support tools on Google Classroom and sending resources through Teachers for Primary Students. Resources especially focused on supporting our Trinity Parents will be feed onto the Wellbeing Hub which can be found on the Trinity College Gladstone website.
We invite you to peruse the selection of information as it becomes available and let us know if there is a particular format or activity that has been more useful to your family situation.
It can be overwhelming to be bombard with information as you know, in order to respect that, we will ‘slow trickle’ collaborative focused information, self-help tools and innovative activities that may assist in addressing specific concerns and offer simple ideas for brain breaks away from formal learning spaces.
Though Chappy Dave and I understand that nothing can replace in the one on one chaplaincy support we usually offer students who request that, we know that having relevant and innovative clips, tips, links and resources at ones fingertips can often settle some of the anxiety that your family may be feeling right now.
In a time where authentic connection is vital, we want to help you capitalise on being in close quarters with other family members by sharing ideas on how to open up meaningful conversations.
- This could mean assisting your family to make cards or write letters to connect with loved ones who are in isolation. If it is not possible to send these items during this time, focus on how the activity can allow your family members to voice feelings and explore empathy and concerns that they may have. This is a time where you will all benefit from opening up online opportunities to talk about those often avoided deeper subjects that you never have time to explore or have never been discussed in the past. After this is over you can decide the possibility of sending the items to loved ones.
- Try encouraging each family member to share five (5) outstanding facts about each other or an absent relative, discover your family heritage, talk about the unique cultures or traditions your family enjoy and how they have shaped your home life or holiday celebrations. Plan how you can capture or develop this further after the current restrictions are lifted.
Vulnerability, though uncomfortable is vital to developing and maintaining open communication and forming and maintaining meaningful relationships. This is never more important than when we’re looking at a family unit. It’s a way of getting to know ourselves and our family members in a very different way. Exploring feelings of empathy, practicing culture and traditions in a family context can assist siblings to develop stronger relationships and gain a better understanding of each other’s personality traits, strengths, beliefs and unique needs.
Open communication is particularly helpful during times when feelings are running high, in seasons of change or when one or more family members are feeling overwhelmed or anxious as it gives us a space to hurt and heal together.
One of the things that children often say to parents is “You’re not listening to me” this type of open discussion can give greater appreciation of other people’s thoughts and feelings within the family unit, can lead to fewer misunderstandings within households.
Thanks for your time and please know, we are taking time to pray specifically for families at this time, so if there is a particular need you would like us to pray for, please email the chaplains so we can believe with you for a positive outcome.
Staying at home
Check out the following services for resources or support while at home due to Coronavirus.
BeyondBlue 1300 224 636 or beyondblue.org.au
headspace 1800 650 890 or headspace.org.au
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 or kidshelpline.com.au
SANE Australia 1800 187 263 or sane.org
Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 or suicidecallbackservice.org.au
Lifeline 13 11 14 or lifeline.org.au
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