• COVID-19

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  • Mental wellbeing

    Schoolies is often promoted as the best week of your life but for some, this may not always be the case. It's completely normal for you to feel emotional highs and lows.

  • Alcohol

    You don't need to drink to have a great time at Schoolies. Alcohol may be considered to be the most socially acceptable drug, however, it is responsible for more drug-related deaths and trauma within youth than any other drug.

  • Drugs

    The safest way to stay safe around drugs at Schoolies is to say no and not use them. Drugs are not worth the risk!

  • Sex

    If you choose to engage in sexual activity at Schoolies, it's important for you to decide if you want to have sex, that you both consent to the sexual activity and that you have safe sex every time.

  • Accommodation

    You may think your accommodation may be one of the safest places to be at Schoolies, but it can often be the place where a lot of risk taking behaviour occurs.

  • Social media and privacy

    If it didn't happen on social media, it didn't happen right? When you upload photos or video to social media, you run the risk of not knowing where it may end up.

  • Out and about

    Worried about staying safe at Schoolies? We've come up with a list of easy and practical tips to help you stay safe so you can have an enjoyable Schoolies for all the right reasons.

  • Rights and responsibilities

    Information about your rights and responsibilities.

Whether you've had a fight with friends, had too much to drink, are overtired or the year just hasn't lived up to your expectations, know that it's completely normal for you to feel emotional highs and lows.

It’s OK to not feel OK.

It's important to acknowledge these feelings, communicate them with the people around and who care about you, and know that there is always help available.

*N.B. The above video was filmed prior to current COVID-19 restrictions. Whilst it may refer to Schoolies, the general content and safety messaging still applies in everyday life and beyond graduation.

Tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing:

  • sleep well– lack of sleep is linked to symptoms of depression including irritability, feeling down and hopelessness. It can also increase the use of alcohol or drugs as well as suicidal feelings.
  • eat well– a well-balanced diet gives you all of the vitamins and minerals needed for your body and brain to function well. It also helps with your sleeping patterns, energy levels and your overall health and wellbeing.
  • get active– it’s a great way to boost your mood, release stress and anxiety and it also helps build your confidence and energy levels. Just a short walk on the beach or a swim can help you feel better.
  • avoid alcohol and drugs– they often leave you feeling worse than before you took them. They can amplify feelings – anxiety and irritability, sadness, unmotivated and moody. They can also affect your sense of reality.
  • know your limits- you can still have fun without pushing your body too hard.
  • talk to your mates or a trusted adult– you don’t have to go through this alone. Sometimes just talking about how you’re feeling can be helpful and you never know, you may not be the only one who is feeling a little low.
  • seek help– the sooner you get help, the sooner things can improve for you. Remember that it’s okay to not be okay and there are many people and services available to listen and support you confidentially and without judgment.

Help is always available: