Hi Josh, your message is very timely for me because my son is in year 12 also and is really struggling like you. Can I say from the perspective of a mum, we don’t always know what to say and we have no experience dealing with Covid, this is new for everyone. I can say that today I registered my son for counselling sessions. I also spoke to someone at beyondblue who was fantastic. I told her that I was also feeling overwhelmed with Covid and having a hard time and she helped me to see how hard it must be to motivate yourself to work hard in year 12 with Covid thrown into the mix on top of all the other daily stuff we deal with, and you’re at a tough age to boot.
This really helped me put myself in my sons shoes. We parents sometimes nag because we know what you are capable of but ultimately we just want our kids to be happy, decent humans. Maybe try to get your parents to realise how hard it is to be motivated right now, and get them to put themselves in your shoes. It has helped so much for my relationship with my son. Also, I can see how relieved he is now knowing we have a plan in place. I’m sure you would feel the same. You might not have a close relationship with your GP but you may be surprised how understanding they are, and at least you’ll have a pathway to feeling better. Hang in there Josh, this year won’t define your life!