Supporting Kid's Mental Health
It is Mental Health Awareness Month and now more than ever it's crucial to check in on the mental wellbeing of little ones in our lives. There's no doubt it's been a trying year for kids, with lockdowns restricting their social life, education and ability to just be kids. To help YOU support your kids, we've compiled a list of industry and government resources, designed to nurture children's mental health and help them thrive in life.
Headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation is funded by the Australian Government and is dedicated to providing early intervention mental health services to kids and young adults. Their website offers a plethora of resources including a community space with group chats and FAQs, as well as a specialised page for friends and family that provides information about raising sensitive issues and understanding how kids experience bullying and mental illness. Get started by checking out this article on 7 ways to support young persons healthy headspaces.
For over 20 years Emerging Minds has been dedicated to advancing the mental health and emotional wellbeing of Australian infants, children, adolescents and their families. Their website offers toolkits on topics such as supporting kid's mental health during the pandemic, as well as factsheets about pathways of care and a specialised podcast where you can listen to conversations with experts on a variety of topics related to children’s social and emotional wellbeing.
In addition to providing free, confidential 24/7 online and phone counselling services for young people aged 5 to 25, the Kids Helpline website also offers an abundance of online resources for helping children who are struggling with their mental health. The My Circle space is supported by counsellors and provides a free, private and anonymous social platform for 13-25 year olds to talk to other young people going through similar challenges. For those not ready to talk about their own struggles, check out their recent video competition where young people shared their incredible stories of resilience.
Be You is the national mental health in education initiative delivered by Beyond Blue, in collaboration with Early Childhood Australia and headspace. Their website offers wellbeing tools for students and simple factsheets on relationships, grief and trauma and development.
We hope these resources help you gain insight into how depression, anxiety and other conditions affects people of all ages, so you can support the kids in your life who are struggling with their mental health.