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Where can I go for further information?
The KidsMatter Early Childhood Website has a range of places to start when seeking help. It outlines several ways to access mental health support for children.
The Australian Psychological Society is the largest professional association for psychologists in Australia. It spreads the message that psychologists make a difference to peoples’ lives, through improving their health and wellbeing and increasing scientific knowledge. You can find help from a psychologist at http://www.psychology.org.au/FindaPsychologist/Default.aspx?ID=1204 and an article on ‘Supporting young people to seek professional help for mental health problems’.
beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance-use disorders in Australia. Information about these topics is available at http://www.beyondblue.org.au. Steps to seeking help and information related to this process is available at http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx?link_id=107 and information on accessing health professionals is available at http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx?link_id=107.1007
Kidscount, developed by the Australian Childhood Foundation, is a website for parents and carers that provides useful information about supporting children’s development. It is available in a range of languages at http://www.kidscount.com.au Get some more information about getting help at http://www.kidscount.com.au/english/contact.asp
Child and Youth Health is a South Australian government website providing news and practical advice for parents and carers on a range of parenting and child health topics. Available at http://www.cyh.com
The Raising Children Network, funded under the Australian Government’s Stronger Families and Communities Strategy, is a national website aimed at helping families care for their children. Articles on a range of issues relevant to seeking help are available at http://www.raisingchildren.net.au.
For example, ‘How to Help Parents?’ for services: http://www.raisingchildren.net.au/articles/how_to_help_parents.html/highlight/help and ‘You and your family: Help and support’ http://www.raisingchildren.net.au/state_pages/support_pre-diagnosis_asd_dropdown_menu.html/highlight/help
Early Childhood Australia is the peak national, non-profit, non-government organisation that acts in the interests of young children. They provide a range of options and outcomes to support growth and development of young children. Articles on issues relevant to child development and mental health are available at http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au
The Council for the Care of Children are an organisation working to make sure that children and young people in South Australia are safe and have a good start in life. It does this by telling everyone about children’s rights, advocating for their rights, sharing the issues of young children with the community, looking at the government and advising people how to improve things for children and young people. Resources about seeking help are available at
Anglicare Victoria provides support to children, young people and families through a range of programs and services they strengthen families and communities so they can protect and nurture the children within them. Information on supporting families is available at http://www.anglicarevic.org.au/index.php?sectionID=5827&pageID=5995
The Better Health Channel provides health and medical information to help individuals and their communities improve their health and wellbeing. A wide range of health and medical information is available at http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/ Resources about finding services and support are available at http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/services_and_support?open
Mindhealthconnect is a national initiative operated by Healthdirect Australia on behalf of the Australian Federal Government. Launched in 2012, the mindhealthconnect website collates mental health resources and content from leading health focused organisations in Australia. This website offers a range of online resources including information about a range of mental health conditions, mental health apps, online programs and referral pathways: http://www.mindhealthconnect.org.au/mental-health-services.
Pregnancy, Birth and Baby is a National Australian Government service that offers support and information for expecting parents and parents of children from birth to 5 years of age. The service offers a range of online information and tools, and provides guidance on issues including a child’s growth, behaviour and development as well as referral pathways for parents: http://www.pregnancybirthbaby.org.au/about-pregnancy-birth-and-baby.