Children's Week 2016

17 Oct, 2016

Children's Week, running from the 22 - 30 of October, celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood and to encourage children and their families to play, learn and grow together.

However, all families go through life's ups and downs. The downs can create worry, stress and tension within the family. You might be concerned about your children's mental, emotional and social well-being.

It’s important to remember that you are not alone and often families need support to get through the tough times.

Our 4families service is a free program that provides whatever support families and carers need, linking them to a variety of services to reduce family stress and enable children and young people to reach their full potential. They focus on prevention and early intervention by addressing issues that affect the mental and emotional well-being of children and young people.

For those families who may be waiting for appointments or who are not eligible for the 4families service, we have compiled a list of helpful websites and apps.

Although online tools such as apps and websites are not a substitute for therapeutic support from a professional they have been shown to be useful for providing information and self-help strategies both for young people and their families. These are some that you may find useful.

Parents

  • headspace.org.au: If you're a parent or carer who is concerned about the mental health of a young person 12 – 25, you can contact eheadspace for specialist advice and support. You can also visit the headspace website to find information for parents and carers about supporting young people going through a tough time.
  • Parents.au.reachout.com: this extension to ReachOut’s service for young people was launched in 2016 to help parents and carers improve the mental health and well-being of the young people within their family environment.
  • Smilingmind.com.au + app: Smiling Mind is a not-for-profit organisation that works to make mindfulness meditation accessible to all. The app exists to help build individual mental health and well-being through positive, preemptive tools based on mindfulness meditation. Co-developed with psychologists and health professionals Smiling Mind is accessible to everyone, irrespective of geographic location or socio-economic status.
  • Calm.com + app: Calm is a mindfulness meditation company that aims to bring the benefits of meditation to a busy world. You may feel more connected to your body, feelings, emotions, thoughts and intuition. A common change is finding yourself becoming less stressed by fears and worries, and enjoying being in the here and now more.
  • Bestofparenting.com + app: shares effective tools for a harmonious family life. These tools are designed to support you through the immediate challenges of everyday parenting, whilst also meeting your long term goal to raise children to become happy, self-reliant and responsible adults.
  • kidshelpline.com.au: aims to help young Australians to express themselves, build confidence and live safely. They have lots of tips and info for parents who want to help their children thrive. You’ll also find links to other resources.

Young People

  • eheadspace.org.au: eheadspace provides online and telephone support to young people 12 - 25 and their family and friends. eheadspace group chat sessions are an anonymous way to ask an expert questions and learn from other people’s questions.
  • reachout.com: provides young people with practical support to help them get through everything from everyday issues to tough times. It gives specially targeted information to help any young person who visits the service. When they visit ReachOut.com, a young person will be guided to practical tools designed just for their needs, even when they don’t know what they’re looking for. 
  • youthbeyondblue.org.au: beyondblue’s youth program, Youthbeyondblue, aims to empower young people aged 12–25, their friends and those who care for them to respond to anxiety and depression. We support and promote environments and settings that build on strengths of young people and respond to ongoing change.
  • smilingmind.com.au + app: Smiling Mind is a not-for-profit organisation that works to make mindfulness meditation accessible to all. The app exists to help build individual mental health and well-being through positive, preemptive tools based on mindfulness meditation. Co-developed with psychologists and health professionals Smiling Mind is accessible to everyone, irrespective of geographic location or socio-economic status.
  • calm.com + app: Calm is a mindfulness meditation company that aims to bring the benefits of meditation to a busy world. You may feel more connected to your body, feelings, emotions, thoughts and intuition. A common change is finding yourself becoming less stressed by fears and worries, and enjoying being in the here and now more.
  • kidshelpline.com.au: a place to get helpful info and great support about the things that matter to teenagers and young people. They can reach out and talk, for FREE, about good things and tough stuff, exciting times or about something that’s bringing them down. There’s heaps of great tips and info, as well as 24/7 access to qualified youth specialists via phone, email or web chat. 

Children

  • Kidshelpline.com.au: a free 24 hour counselling service for Australian kids and young people aged 5-25 years. You can get help over the phone, email or web. Their counsellors talk with more than 6,000 kids each week, and help with all sorts of problems, big and small. The Kidshelpline kids website (ages 5 – 12) also offers tips and information pages on a range of topics to help children with concerns or issues they may be experiencing.
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