Meet The Collarts Student Support Team

Oct 09, 2019

Being a student isn’t easy. Stress seems to attack you from all corners — study, finance, extracurricular, personal — and sometimes it can all become too much. Luckily, we’re here for you in those tough times.

Whether you’re frustrated about your timetable or just looking for someone to talk to, our Counsellors and Student Services team will help you find a little bit of comfort in your day. This Mental Health Week and beyond, take advantage and reach out to the services available to you as a Collarts students.

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ANNE LIGTHART – WELLBEING PRACTITIONER

 
What services do you provide?

Wellbeing sessions can include everything from counselling and psychotherapy process where we provide a confidential listening space for all personal or school-related issues, to referrals and liaison with external services, Collarts support services, or family involvement if indicated. We can also offer a link to mentoring programs, secondary consultation for teaching staff, and follow up for ongoing or short-term support.

How can students contact you?
Students can organise appointments with either Anne Ligthart or Garrett Teters. The service is full time at Collarts, five days a week, and is also available on trimester holidays for eight hours a week. Students may make initial contact through Student Services and request a first appointment which runs for 45 minutes. All subsequent appointments may come directly to the Wellbeing service, and the practitioner and student manage the liaison from there.

How do you care for your mental health?
I pay attention to my thoughts, as thought creates form in the world. I practice yoga daily, don't eat meat or dairy food as they hold me down, use iAwake meditation technology, laugh and practice lightness (I don't take myself too seriously), and practice kindness as it’s the glue that holds humanity together. Lastly, I understand that service in the world gives meaning to the world and to my life.

 Karla

KARLA GILBArD – STUDENT SUCCESS COORDINATOR


What services do you provide?
I assist on timetable and enrolment issues and support in applying for Assignment Extensions and Special Considerations. I can also help students make an appointment with Wellbeing Counsellors, Academic Support and Career Pathways Counsellors. In a nutshell, our whole job is to support Collarts students and help them find the answers they need!

How can students contact you?
Email support@collarts.edu.au or come and say hello in the Student Services office at the Wellington St campus!

How do you care for your mental health?
Painting, making music or writing really help — with no expectations of the result. It's expressive, but it also helps my mind to relax and subconsciously problem solve.

 Chris

CHRIS SANDOE – STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER

 
What services do you provide?
I assist with room, equipment, and service bookings, student IDs, and general enquiries. We're the first people you see as you come into the campus, so you can ask anything and we'll point you in the right direction!

How can students contact you?
I’m at the desk at Wellington Street, via the phone on 1300 818 777, or via the student support email (support@collarts.edu.au).

How do you care for your mental health?
I like to take my dog out for a run: the park, the beach, somewhere he can run around. It means I have to keep to a routine and get outside, no matter the weather.

 Meg

MEG ELLISS – STUDENT PROGRESS COORDINATOR

  
What services do you provide?
I create the timetable, and help timetable and enrolment issues and support in applying for Assignment Extensions and Special Considerations. Our Student Support team also helps students make an appointment with Wellbeing Counsellors, Academic Support and Career Pathways Counsellors.

 How can students contact you?
Students can email support@collarts.edu.au or come and see us in the Student Services office at Wellington St.

How do you care for your mental health?
The biggest lesson I learnt in being able to care for my mental health was learning to prioritise, organise and to not stress the little stuff. Whether that's in my professional or personal life, things like writing lists and keeping a diary helps me feel mentally on top of things. Exercise and a sneaky glass of wine also always helps.

If you or anyone you know needs help:
Lifeline on 13 11 14
Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978
Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467
Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36
Headspace on 1800 650 890

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