Do you need support for your family?

If you live in Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Cockburn, Kwinana, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River or Rockingham you can get free support through our 4families service. 

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 wellbeing.

You are not alone. Often families need support to get through the tough times.

How can we help?

4families is a free service 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.

We can provide:

  • Counselling and emotional support
  • Information and referrals
  • Psychosocial support and case work
  • Workshops, seminars and groups
  • Community development activities
  • Support for grandparents and carers

We focus on prevention and early intervention by addressing issues that affect the mental and emotional well-being of children and young people.

Where families and carers need more assistance, we will actively work with other services including schools, community organisations, Centrelink and mental health services.

4families is only available for those living in the Albany, Bunbury (including Collie, Harvey and Waroona), Busselton, Cockburn, Kwinana, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River and Rockingham catchment areas.

This Family Mental Health Support Service is funded by the Department of Social Services.

If you would like to know more please call 6164 0600 or complete the form below.


Free Resources

Our Family Mental Health Support practitioners have developed a series of resources and tip sheets to help support families during challenging times. You can download these below.

Pre-Teen School RefusalTip Sheet

School refusal is about an overwhelming anxiety that is so terrifying and disabling that your child cannot go to school regardless of the consequences to themselves and the effects on your family. Download this tip sheet here.

Helping Your Child to Become Less ShyTip Sheet

Being shy is a feeling that most of us have experienced, particularly as children. Your child may be going through this same experience though now the big difference is that you can do things to help them become less shy and more confident around others. Download this tip sheet here.

Being a Playful ParentTip Sheet

Play between a parent and child improves the physical and mental wellbeing of both. However, in our busy lives, we as parents can feel that we don’t have enough time to spend playing with our children. Download this tip sheet here.

Helping Your Child to Cope Following a TraumaTip Sheet

There are various types of traumas that we might experience, with some of us being relatively unaffected by it while others may be profoundly affected. Trauma can also be a disaster in which the trauma affects the whole community e.g., COVID-19 virus, flooding and bush fires. Download this tip sheet here.

Navigating Family SeparationTip Sheet

Family separation can be a stressful time for everyone in the family and can result in challenges adjusting to the new family structure. Children will often look toward the adults around them to help manage their feelings and behaviour, so it is important children have a social network of supportive people they can rely on. To ease the transition to co-parenting, we have created some tips that might help you and your children. Download this tip sheet here.

Children with Suicidal ThoughtsTip Sheet

Children sometimes experience difficult and sad feelings that they find hard to explain. All signs of suicidal thoughts, ideation or behaviour should be taking seriously and not be dismissed. We've created a tip sheet to help you talk, listen and offer support to your child with suicidal thoughts. Download this tip sheet here.

Young People Who are Self-harmingTip Sheet

For some young people, self-harm is a one-off event. For others it can happen more than once and may become a behaviour pattern that is difficult to change. We've created a tip sheet to help you support a young person who is self-harming. Download this tip sheet here.

Body Safety - Preventing Grooming and Sexual AbuseTip Sheet

Most parents teach their children water and road safety from a very young age, but how about body safety? It's very important to help your children understand how to protect themselves and to identify and respond to sexual abuse. We've created a tip sheet to help you teach your child about body safety. Download this tip sheet here.

The Co-parenting Do's and Don'ts in a Family SeparationTip Sheet

Co-parenting is when both parents are involved in raising a child. It involves positive, effective communication, cooperation and compromise. Co-parenting after a separation can be a challenge, but is possible and can become stronger over time. We've created a tip-sheet to help you navigate your co-parenting dynamic. Download this tip sheet here.

Big FeelingsTip Sheet

Children deal with the same uncomfortable feelings that adults do, such as jealously, frustration, sadness, grief and anger. However, they may not always have the words to describe them. We've created a tip sheet to help you help your child understand and respect their big feelings. Download this tip sheet here.

Contact 4Families


To contact your nearest service call
6164 0600

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