Mental Health

  • Help build resilience in your child with these strategies
  • Beyond Blue – provides families/carers with information, knowledge & confidence to support children & young people as well as helping carers look after themselves.
  • BeYou Beyond Blue: mental health conditions & fact sheets on a range of issues like grief, trauma, relationships and wellbeing.
  • Head to Health: provided by the Australian government – resources regarding mental health services from mental health organisations including apps, online programs, forums, phone services & digital information

Anxiety & Depression

Being worried or sad is a normal part of life but sometimes these feelings can detrimentally affect a child’s ability to engage in play, make friends, attend school or enjoy being part of the community. You may be asked by your paediatrician to complete a questionnaire:

Below are a list of helpful websites, programs & supports:

  • BRAVE – interactive, free online, Australian-based program for children & adolescents (ages 3-17) with anxiety & their carers
  • Cool kids program – University of Newcastle, some psychology clinics & online
  • Podcast by Royal Children’s Hospital on childhood anxiety
  • Blackdog institute – improving wellbeing & resilience in young people, information, resources & supports
  • ThisWayUp – Australian (St Vincent’s Hosptial & University of NSW) provider of evidence-based, online, cognitive behavioural therapy programs for anxiety & related mental health conditions

For Teens:

  • Handout from RCH about mental health in teenagers
  • Moodgym – an interactive self-help program designed to prevent & manage symptoms of anxiey & depression in teenagers
  • ecouch – self-help programs for teenagers – depression, anxiety, worry, social anxiety, separation, loss & bereavement
  • Headspace – online & phone support for 12-25 year olds with mental health difficulties & their friends & families
  • Raising children – Teenage mental health information & support
  • Reachout.com – free apps, self help information & peer-support program helping young people be well & stay well