KidsMatter provides families with a range of Associated information sheets to help them support children’s mental health and wellbeing, and to recognise if and when professional help is needed.

They contain practical information, tips, and strategies across a range of common childhood issues, and were prepared by professionals experienced in the area of children’s mental health and development.

Associated information sheets are available for:

Babies, toddlers and preschoolers

Issue: Family relationships

Family relationships
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Healthy relationships and families [2MB] C3
The building blocks of healthy family relationships [921KB] C3
Family relationships: Suggestions for families and staff [705KB] C3
Family relationships: Resources for families and staff [768KB] C3

Issue: Parents and carers

Parents and carers
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
All about parents' and carers' mental health [685KB] C3
Supporting parents and carers to look after themselves [846KB] C3
Promoting self-care: Suggestions for families and staff [632KB] C3
Supporting mental health and wellbeing: Resources for families and staff [692KB] C3

Issue: For dads

For dads
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Dads make a difference [2MB] C3
Fathers connecting with their children [14MB] C3
Dads involved: Suggestions for families and staff [4MB] C3
Positive fathering: Resources for families and staff [3MB] C3

Issue: Mental health basics

Mental health basics
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Promoting mental health in early childhood [749KB] C4
Risk and protective factors in early childhood [962KB] C4
Mental health: Suggestions for families and staff [725KB] C4
Mental health: Resources for families and staff [727KB] C4

Issue: The need to belong

The need to belong
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Belonging and connectedness [420KB] C1
Feeling included [428KB] C1
Relationships for life [353KB] C1
Working together [261KB] C1

Issue: Should I be concerned?

Should I be concerned?
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Understanding mental health in early childhood [9MB] C4
Responding to children who may be experiencing mental health difficulties [5MB] C4
How mental health difficulties affect children [677KB] C4
Supporting children's mental health: Suggestions for families and staff [8MB] C4
Understanding mental health: Resources for families and staff [2MB] C4

Issue: Being apart

Being apart
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Being away from one another [655KB] C2
Understanding and managing separation distress [988KB] C2
Helping children to cope with separation distress [580KB] C2
Positive separations: Resources for families and staff [593KB] C2

Issue: Getting along

Getting along
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Social and emotional development [437KB] C2
Growing together in relationships [502KB] C2
It's good to be me! [528KB] C2
Getting along: Early Childhood [561KB] C2
Feelings matter [374KB] C2
Getting along: Further resources [1MB C2

Issue: Play

Play
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Children learn through play [2MB] C2
Play helps children feel good about themselves [6MB] C2
Children and play: Suggestions for families and staff [2MB] C2
Children and play: Resources for staff and families [2MB] C2

Issue: Curiosity and confidence

Curiosity and confidence
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Confident children are eager learners [942KB] C2
Encouraging and praising children [4MB] C2
Motivation: Suggestions for families and staff [3MB] C2
Curiosity and confidence: Resources for families and staff [2MB] C2

Issue: Making decisions

Making decisions
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Helping young kids to choose wisely [523KB] C2
Learning to make good decisions and solve problems [653KB] C2
Decision-making skills: Suggestions for families and staff [631KB] C2
Decision-making skills: Resources for families and staff [566KB] C2

Issue: Anger

Anger
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Keeping a balance: Managing feelings and behaviours [3MB] C4
How self-regulation difficulties affect children [6MB] C4
Keeping a balance: Suggestions for families and staff [4MB] C4
Keeping a balance: Resources for families and staff [2MB] C4

Issue: Children's emotions

Children's emotions
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Everyone feels overwhelmed at times [2MB] C2
Coping skills for managing emotions [5MB] C2
Children and emotions: How to help [2MB] C2
Helping children manage their emotions: Resources for families and staff [2MB] C2

Issue: Ups and downs

Ups and downs
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Managing life's ups and downs [3MB] C2
Ups and downs: Learning to keep a balance [8MB] C2
Supporting children to cope with stress [4MB] C2
Ups and downs: Resources for families and staff [2MB] C2

Issue: Making friends

Making friends
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Everyone needs a friend [4MB] C2
Learning positive friendship skills [9MB] C2
Supporting children to develop friendships and empathy [3MB] C2
Friendship development: Resources for families and staff [2MB] C2

Issue: Trauma

Trauma
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Trauma: When times get tough [3MB] C4
Managing trauma and ways to recover [10MB] C4
Trauma: Suggestions for families and staff [3MB] C4
Trauma: Resources for families and staff [3MB] C4

Issue: Getting help

Getting help
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Getting help [6MB] C4
Seeking help for children's mental health difficulties [6MB] C4
Accessing support: Suggestions for families and staff [4MB] C4
Where to go for help: Resources for families and staff [5MB] C4

Issue: Working together

Working together
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Families working together with early childhood services [822KB] C3
Working together supports mental health and wellbeing [2MB] C3
Making connections [2MB] C3
Getting information about parenting [858KB] C3
Working together: Further resources 879KB] C3

Issue: Communication

Communication
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
An introduction to effective communication [5MB] C3
Effective communication between families and early childhood staff [3MB] C3
Suggestions for positive communication [4MB] C3
Effective communication: Resources for families and staff [2MB] C3

Issue: Partnerships

Partnerships
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
All about partnerships [5MB] C3
Building partnerships between families and early childhood staff [8MB] C3
Working together: Suggestions for families and staff [2MB] C3
Building partnerships: Resources for families and staff [935KB] C3
 

School children

Issue: Family relationships

Family relationships
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Happy families work together [327KB] C3
When parents separate [290KB] C3
Building better family relationships [345KB] C3
About family relationships [448KB] C3

Issue:  Mental health basics

Mental health basics
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Children and hardship [278KB] C3
Children and grief [313KB] C3
Children and bullying [284KB] C3
Mental health risk and protective factors [436KB] C3
Building protective factors: Suggestions for families [305KB] C3
Building protective factors: Suggestions for school staff [351KB] C3

Issue:  The need to belong

The need to belong
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Belonging at school makes a difference [337KB] C1
Why connect at school? [355KB] C1
What makes a positive school community? [279KB] C1

Issue:  Should I be concerned?

Should I be concerned?
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Getting in early for mental health and wellbeing [281KB] C4
Knowing when to get help [279KB] C4
How mental health difficulties affect children [426KB] C4
Recognising mental health difficulties: Suggestions for families [338KB] C4
Recognising mental health difficulties: Suggestions for school staff [318KB] C4

Issue:  Additional needs

Additional needs
Associated information sheets PDF version Component

Disability and children's mental health

[380KB] C1
Supporting children with additional needs [301KB] C1
Disability: Suggestions for families [368KB] C1
Disability: Suggestions for school staff [361KB] C1
Additional needs: Other resources   C1

Issue: Cultural difference

Cultural difference
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Helping children connect across cultures [313KB] C1
Cultural diversity and children's wellbeing [378KB] C1
Cultural diversity: Suggestions for families [334KB] C1
Cultural diversity: Suggestions for school staff [369KB] C1
Cultural diversity: Other resources [800KB] C1

Issue:  Getting along

Getting along
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
What is social and emotional learning? [343KB] C2
Helping children to manage feelings  [374KB] C2
About social and emotional learning [405KB] C2
Social and emotional learning: Suggestions for families [329KB] C2
Social and emotional learning: Suggestions for school staff [310KB] C2
Social and emotional learning: Other resources [281KB] C2

Issue:  Learning

Learning
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Scaffolding children's learning [293KB] C3
About thinking and learning [431KB] C3
Thinking and learning: Suggestions for families [339KB] C3
Thinking and learning: Suggestions for school staff [325KB] C3

Issue:  Curiosity and confidence

Curiosity and confidence
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Supporting childrens' confidence [326KB] C2

Issue:  Making decisions

Making decisions
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Helping children to choose wisely [252KB] C2
About good decision making [355KB] C2
Decision-making: Suggestions for families

[284KB]

C2
Decision-making: Suggestions for school staff [317KB] C2

Issue:  Anger

Anger
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Everyone gets mad [291KB] C2
About anger

[453KB]

C2
Talking through angry feelings [276KB] C2
Helping children cool down and stay calm [276KB] C2
Helping children learn to manage anger: Other resources [675KB] C2

Issue:  Discipline

Discipline
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Catch them being good [295KB] C3
Using effective discipline [237KB] C3
About effective discipline [451KB] C3
Making rules and setting limits [326KB] C3
Effective discipline in the classroom [275KB] C3
Effective discipline: Other resources [675KB] C3

Issue: Children's emotions

Children's emotions
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Making sense of children's emotions [282KB] C3
How temperament affects feelings [309KB] C3
About emotional development [457KB] C3
Emotional development: Suggestions for families [343KB] C3
How thinking affects feelings [279KB] C3

Issue: Fears and worries

Fears and worries
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Coping with fears and worries [330KB] C2
About fears and worries [502KB] C2
Everyone gets scared [337KB] C2
Fears and helpful self-talk [308KB] C2
Fears and worries: Other resources [18KB] C2

Issue: Making friends

Making friends
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Everyone needs a friend [323KB] C2
Helping children learn positive friendship skills [410KB] C2
Friendship skills: Suggestions for families [355KB] C2
Friendship skills: Suggestions for school staff [332KB] C2

Issue: Social development

Social development
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Good values guide good behaviour [267KB] C3
About social development [402KB] C3
Social development: Suggestions for families [364KB] C3
Social development: Suggestions for school staff [358KB] C3

Issue: Resolving conflict

Resolving conflict
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
About conflict resolution [386KB] C2
Sorting out conflict together [280KB] C2
Learning to value others [312KB] C2
Helping resolve conflict: Suggestions for families [295KB] C2
Helping resolve conflict: Suggestions for school staff [289KB] C2
Resolving conflict: Other resources [676KB] C2

Issue: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
What does ADHD look like? [266KB] C4
About ADHD [424KB] C4
ADHD: Suggestions for families [193KB] C4
ADHD: Suggestions for school staff [402KB] C4
ADHD: Other resources [680KB] C4

Issue: Anxiety

Anxiety
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
What does anxiety look like? [301KB] C4
About anxiety [311KB] C4
Anxiety: Suggestions for families [350KB] C4
Anxiety: Suggestions for school staff [207KB] C4

Issue: Depression

Depression
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
What does depression look like? [279KB] C4
About depression [454KB] C4
Depression: Suggestions for families [418KB] C4
Depression: Suggestions for school staff [322KB] C4

Issue: Serious behaviour problems

Serious behaviour problems
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
What do serious behaviour difficulties look like? [297KB] C4
About serious behaviour difficulties [378KB] C4
Serious behaviour difficulties: Suggestions for families [328KB] C4
Serious behaviour difficulties: Suggestions for school staff [318KB] C4

Issue: Autism

Autism
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
What does autism look like? [268KB] C4
About Autism Spectrum Disorders [472KB] C4
Autism: Suggestions for families [331KB] C4
Autism: Suggestions for school staff [334KB] C4

Topic: Communication

Communication
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Schools: Suggestions for communicating effectively [3MB] C3