"School nurse support"

About: Bunbury / Harvey / Leschenault Community Health Service

(as the patient),

I got to school one morning feeling emotionally distressed after spending the night up crying over a relationship and needed some guidance and support. So I decided to come to student services to see if I could speak to the school Nurse Penny as she has been a great support for me previously.

When I came in and Penny sat me down in her office she could tell by looking at me how under the weather I was feeling, so we spent the first 2 periods talking about my relationship and Penny provided me with sheets of information to do with my sleeping issues, anxiety, modifying my daily habits and one on what a healthy and unhealthy relationship should look like; we also talked about the grief cycle and whereabouts I was sitting on it. I strongly believe the grief cycle really helped me to see where I was at.

Penny also encouraged me to go home and speak to mum about what was going on as Penny said that she can help me at school but I also need support at home and if mum isn't sure about what's going on, she won't know I need the support. So I went home and have been open with mum since. We also had a few follow-up sessions to see my progression and during each session, it became clearer and clearer that I knew what I needed to do to help myself and to better my mental health. We also discussed strategies to guide me through situations where I often felt stuck. 

Looking at it now, if I didn't come to student services and seek Penny's help I believe I wouldn't have come as far as I have today and I would still be stuck in an unhealthy relationship that had a strain on my mental health.


Response from Daniel Mahony, A/Population Health Director, WA Country Health Service- South West last week
Daniel Mahony
A/Population Health Director,
WA Country Health Service- South West
Submitted on 01/07/2020 at 15:17
Published on Care Opinion at 15:22

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Dear antliazj68,

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. It sounds like you have been through some challenging times and have taken a number of proactive steps to help you through it. It is great to hear that our School Health Nurse, Penny, was able to provide the support you needed at the time including providing a range of resources to guide you through your journey to where you are now. I have passed on your kind words to Penny and thank you again for sharing your story with us.

Warm regards

Daniel Mahony

A/Population Health Director- South West

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