Families play the most important role in helping children to understand and manage emotions, develop resilience and foster positive relationships. Watching children grow and helping them to develop these skills is one of the great joys of parenthood. But it can also provide challenges and lead to lost sleep along the way for many parents!
KidsMatter recognises that parents need help to support and nurture the mental health and wellbeing of their children, and has developed a set of Family Information Sheets to provide a starting point for families to gather information and help navigate through those challenges.
These information sheets have been written by professionals experienced in the areas of children’s mental health and wellbeing. They are easy to read, contain lots of helpful strategies and tips to help parents support and foster their children’s mental health and wellbeing.
Evidence shows that fostering positive mental health from infancy through strong family relationships and support has a positive effect on children’s mental health. As so, KidsMatter has ensured that the information contained in these sheets is relevant for infants, pre-school children as well as primary school-age children.
There is a broad range of topics covered in the Information Sheets that are important for nurturing positive mental health from infancy through to adolescence. Some of the areas covered include:
- An easy-to-read overview of the basics of mental health, and a look at the risk and protective factors that impact mental health.
- An exploration of the importance influence that family relationships have on children’s mental health and a series of tips and suggestions for strengthening those relationships.
- A reminder that, for parents and families, part of caring for your children is caring for yourself.
- A host of information on social and emotional learning.
- Helpful advice about mindfulness for children and the positive effect it can have on mental wellbeing.
- Support and advice on mental health issues such as ADHD, Autism, depression, anxiety, trauma, and body image.
- Direction on when to be concerned and how to get professional help with children’s mental health issues
- Constructive advice on helping your children value cultural diversity and address racism
If there is an area of children’s mental health and wellbeing that you would like help with, please visit Mental Health Matters.