22 February 2018

Let’s take a moment to talk about ourselves. 

It’s for our own good―and the wellbeing of the children in our lives.

As educators, parents, carers, community members, we need to think about and look after our own mental health.    It supports children’s mental health and wellbeing when important adults in their lives look after themselves ... and we serve as great role models for them too.

Just like physical health, mental health is with us in everything we do and everywhere we go.

KidsMatter advocate the importance of supporting adult mental health and wellbeing, particularly in the workplace.

The workplace is an important part of our daily lives. Being aware of how to support each other can make a huge difference to each of us and to the wellbeing of our team.  Get some key facts about adult mental health from Mental health everywhere: even at work . It also links to beyondblue ‘s ‘Workplace online’ which has free online resources about depression and anxiety in the workplace and practical strategies to support and promote mental health in the workplace.

We also have 7 suggestions for enhancing individuals’ professional resilience, or capacity to thrive in situations of high demand and ongoing pressure.  One way is to find―or be―a mentor.  We also have some great tips for making mentoring relationships sustain and inspire us.

Early childhood settings can use the KidsMatter 8 Core Topics to provide a structured approach to address team wellbeing too.  Like you, KidsMatter values the importance of teams within early childhood settings … When teams feel supported; they are better able to support children and families.

If you or someone you know is having a mental health emergency, please phone: 

  • Lifeline on 13 11 14 or 

  • beyondblue Support Service on 1300 22 4636