Information for Parents
Looking after our mental health and wellbeing is as important as looking after our physical health. One of the best things you can do is to stay connected with your kids by enjoying time together and having regular conversations about how they are feeling and how they see their world.
During October, there are some great opportunities for families to connect at the Mental Health Community Coalition community events across Canberra where you can have fun, relax and learn more about mental wellbeing.
Sometimes you need more information and help. We have compiled some great resources from leading mental health organisations to help you and your family have positive conversations about caring for your mental health.
However, if you or your child are finding it hard to cope with day to day life stresses, your doctor (General Practitioner GP) or your school psychologist are good people to talk too about positive ways to address issues and develop healthy mental health habits.
1. What is good mental health?
Good mental health is about being able to work and study to your full potential, cope with day-to-day life stresses, be involved in your community and live life in a free and satisfying way. (Headspace.org.au)
Helping kids identify and express feelings (Kids Helpline weblink for primary age children)
What is mental health? What is mental illness? (Headspace weblink and factsheet for secondary)
Health services information for parents & carers (Headspace weblink)
How to support a family member (Headspace weblink)
How to help a friend going through a tough time (Headspace weblink and factsheet)
2. How do we look after our mental health?
Developing your own positive ways to handle tough times can make you more resilient, develop your self awareness and build your confidence.
Developing positive parent-child relationships (Raising Children weblink for primary age children)
Building resilience - pre and primary school aged (Healthy Families BeyondBlue weblink)
Staying connected with your teen (Raising Children weblink for secondary)
Tips for healthy mental health (Headspace weblink and factsheet for secondary)
Raising a difficult issue with teenagers (Raising Children video)
Tips for beating exam and study stress (ReachOut weblink) Tools and apps for health and wellbeing (ReachOut weblink)
Tools and apps for health and wellbeing (ReachOut weblink)
3. How do events and stresses impact our mental health and what can we do?
External events (accidents, wars or terrorist attacks) and natural disasters (storms, drought or bushfires) and the repeated coverage through TV and digital media, can be distressing especially for children and young people.
Helping children cope after tragic events (Australian Psychological Society weblink and factsheet)
Talking about scary stuff in the news (Healthy Families BeyondBlue weblink and factsheet)
Traumatic events, the media and your child (Emerging Minds weblink and factsheet)
How can I support children during a drought? (Emerging Minds weblink, factsheet and infographic)
How to cope with anxiety about climate change (ReachOut weblink)
Resources to help and support adults and children before, during, and after a disaster or traumatic event (Emerging Minds weblink)
Other useful links for families
• Kids Help Line https://kidshelpline.com.au/
• Lifeline https://www.lifeline.org.au/
• Youth Beyond Blue https://www.youthbeyondblue.com/
• Headspace https://headspace.org.au/
• Beyond Blue https://www.beyondblue.org.au
• Emerging Minds https://emergingminds.com.au/
For more information or assistance please talk to your child’s teacher (in primary schools) or your school psychologist or your Student Wellbeing team. Alternatively contact your GP.