The mental health of your child is an important aspect of the care that we provide. Right now, there is so much uncertainty in the air and lots of scary conversations in the media. This, coupled with tension among peers and parents, can cause a lot of stress on a young mind. Even if your child does not understand the conversations going on around them, the young mind absorbs rapid amounts of information and can pick up on cues such as tone of voice and body language.
We have collated some information and resources that you may find beneficial during this challenging time.
Do your children understand COVID-19?
Parents, guardians and educators can play an important role in helping young children understand what is happening in their communities and around the world. One of our amazing Kids Club mums, who goes by the artist name Kooky Chooky (who is also a Doctor!), has developed a beautiful cartoon series that helps explain the COVID-19 outbreak to your little ones. We were so inspired by her creation, that we decided to turn it into a narrated animation.
Visit Smiling Mind
Smiling Mind is a non-for-profit and an Australian based business that is widely recognised as one of the world leaders in pre-emptive mental health. They have compiled a series of meditations for children aged 3 and up. It is completely free, and their website even has very specific tools designed to help people through the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic.
Things I can and cannot control poster
This poster can teach children how to identify whether something is within their control or not, and highlights behaviours and actions that they should focus on instead.
This is going to be a tough time for a lot of people. If you or anyone you know is struggling, please reach out and seek help through the appropriate channels. The Health Direct website has some wonderful resources and we encourage you to phone if you need to speak someone.
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800