Child Wellbeing


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We all worry or feel scared at times, but some children may feel particularly unsettled with the sudden changes in routine that we are experiencing. Here are some tips and resources that can help parents and caregivers effectively manage heightened emotions that children may be feeling.

What are some key supports for child/teen mental health and wellbeing?


How can I talk to my child about their worries?

Some children may have worries or questions about COVID-19, including worrying that they may have the virus if they are feeling unwell. Some children may also feel unsettled by changes in their environment, such as educators/teachers wearing masks, or the impact of social distancing. Here you will find some tips for talking with your child about their questions or worries on COVID- 19.

What supports can I access if I am concerned about my child's mental health and wellbeing?

In addition to supports outlined as key helpers for mental health and wellbeing, if you feel your child needs further support you may want to consider seeking help from:



AllPlay Learn has created two handouts that that you can share with your primary- or secondary school-aged child. These handouts describe ways that children/teens can ask for help if they are worried, stressed, or need to talk to someone.

 
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Asking for help
Primary school version
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Asking for help
Secondary school version

If you have concerns that your child may be at risk of suicide, it is important that you seek help. If your child is in immediate danger call 000 and stay with them until they are safe.
If they are talking about hurting themselves call the Kids helpline at 1800 55 1800 or contact your GP who can connect you with appropriate supports. For more information about recognising the signs a child may be at risk for suicide, visit https://kidshelpline.com.au/parents/issues/supporting-child-who-thinking-suicide