KidsMatter is a mental health and wellbeing framework for primary schools and is proven to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children. We provide the proven methods, tools and support to help schools and ECEC services to work with parents and carers, health services and the wider community to nurture the development of children so that they can reach their full potential. We have many resources on the family section of our website which professionals can use with parents, carers and children.
In addition to our website, here is a list of other resources which may be useful for professionals working with children and families. You may also like to take a look at the KidsMatter Early Childhood resources page and also the KidsMatter Early Childhood page.
Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies provides a forum for extending the understanding, prevention and treatment of major stress and trauma within the Australasian region. More information is available on the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies website.
Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma Loss and Grief Network (ACATLGN)
ACATLGN offers accessible evidence-based research for children and young people who have been affected by trauma and grief. ACATLGN provides up-to-date information and educational resources including easy-to-read tip sheets for professionals, families and others involved in the wellbeing and care of children and adolescents. For information, resources, advice and links to other helpful organisations and service providers, visit the Trauma and Grief Network website. For information for professionals, visit the ACATLGN website.
Australian Health Directory
The Australian Health Directory is a national directory and portal to the health industry. The website provides contact details for various health professionals including psychologists, counsellors, GPs and specialist health services. For more information, visit the Australian Health directory website.
Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS)
The Australian Institute of Family Studies has a useful factsheet that provides the contact details and links to a number of state-wide and Australia-wide helplines and telephone counselling services for children, young people, and parents. To find services in your area, visit the AIFS website.
beyondblue is a national organisation that works to reduce the impact of depression and anxiety in the community by raising awareness and understanding, empowering people to seek help, and supporting recovery, management and resilience. There is a wealth of information on the beyondblue website including national and state-wide contacts and websites for people experiencing anxiety and depression, for young people, families and friends, health professionals and schools. School staff and early childhood educators can access information in a number of languages on mental health which they can provide to parents.To find medical and allied health practitioners in mental health, visit the beyondblue website. There is also a dedicated webpage for young people with anxiety and depression.
The BluePages website provides information on treatments for depression based on the latest scientific evidence.
The Black Dog Institute
The Black Dog Institute is a world-leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. The Black Dog Insitute website provides online resources that school staff can access (education, online tools, fact sheets and services) for distribution to parents.
The BRAVE program
BRAVE is an interactive online program for the prevention and treatment of childhood and adolescent anxiety. It is supported by The University of Queensland and beyondblue. The programs are free and provide ways for children and teenagers to better cope with their worries. See the website for more information.
Centre for Community Child Health
The Centre for Community Health supports and empowers communities to improve children’s health and wellbeing. School staff and early childhood educators can access a range of resources and publications (free as well as fee-based) on the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne website.
Children's eSafety Commissioner
The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner leads online safety education for the Australian Government. The Office provides Australians a range of up-to-date information and resources (developed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority), coupled with a comprehensive complaints system to assist and protect children who experience serious cyberbullying. More information about the complaints process can be found in the Information guide.The Office also deals with complaints about prohibited online content. More information about the complaint process and how to lodge a complaint can be found on the website.
Children of Parents with Mental Illness (COPMI)
COPMI promotes better mental health outcomes for children of parents with a mental illness. The COPMI national initiative develops information for parents, their partners, carers, family and friends in support of these children. The COPMI website provides information and resources for teachers, early childhood staff and school support staff (ie on how to support children who have a parent with a mental illness) and a directory of national and statewide services, programs and helplines.
Child Trauma Academy
Child Trauma Academy is a not-for-profit organisation based in Houston, Texas in the United States working to improve the lives of high-risk children through direct service, research and education. By creating biologically-informed child and family respectful practice, programs and policy, Child Trauma Academy seeks to help maltreated and traumatised children. More information is available on the Child Trauma Academy website.
Early Childhood Australia
Early Childhood Australia has many print and online resources to assist parents, carers and educators in helping children make the transition from child care to preschool, and from preschool to school. These links and resources on school readiness and transitions are quality-assured by Early Childhood Australia and can be found on the Early Childhood Australia website.
Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV)
Last year, EDV received nearly 13,000 service user contacts from people seeking information or help with eating disorders. Their support services for people with eating disorders and their families are free, confidential, non-judgemental, flexible and open-ended. There is also a great range of resources available on the EDV website.
Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI)
The Family Online Safety Institute is an international, non-profit organisation which works to make the online world safer for kids and their families. Through research, resources, events and special projects, FOSI promotes a culture of responsibility online and encourages a sense of digital citizenship for all. You can keep up to date on the latest online safety issues with FOSI’s events, which can be viewed on their YouTube channel.
Families where a Parent has Mental Illness (FaPMI)
Families where a Parent has a Mental Illness (FaPMI) provides information and support for the whole family regarding issues such as mental illness, drugs, alcohol or health. More information is available on the Families where a Parent has Mental Illness website.
healthdirect is a not-for-profit, government-funded health information service that provides a range of up-to-date and reliable information on health and wellbeing. For more information, visit the healthdirect website.
The Hunter Institute of Mental Health
The Hunter Institute of Mental Health (Hunter Institute) is a leading national organisation dedicated to reducing mental illness and suicide and improving wellbeing for all Australians. Hunter Institute works with Commonwealth and State governments, philanthropic organisations, research institutions, NGOs and businesses to develop and roll-out innovative and effective mental health and suicide prevention programs. In particular, see the Child, Youth and Wellbeing Programs at: http://www.himh.org.au/home/our-programs.
Itsallright.org offers general information about mental illness, support services, and resources available to families and children.
Kidscount has been developed by the Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) and provides useful information about parenting for families, which is available on their website. This information can be printed by staff and given to parents.
KidsHealth is the most-visited international site on the web for information about health, behaviour, and development from before birth through the teen years. More information is available on the KidsHealth website.
Living Is For Everyone (LIFE)
LIFE is a suicide and self-harm prevention website. Dedicated to providing the best available evidence and resources to guide activities aimed at reducing the rate at which people take their lives in Australia, this site is designed for people across the community who are involved in suicide and self-harm prevention activities. For more information, visit the LIFE website.
The Lifeline website has useful facts and information on various issues including depression, suicide, family violence and stress. The website also contains a Lifeline service finder which is a thorough directory of free or low cost services available throughout Australia, searchable by location.
Making Meaningful Connections - 2015 Prevention Resource Guide
The 2015 Prevention Resource Guide, published by the US Children's Bureau, aims to support community-based child abuse prevention professionals.
The Resource Guide, Making Meaningful Connections, focuses on protective factors that build family strengths and promote optimal child and youth development in the North American context. It provides strategies to support communities in their efforts to prevent child abuse and promote wellbeing.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
MHFA is a national not-for-profit health promotion charity focused on mental health training and research. They develop training programs to teach mental health first aid strategies. For more information, visit the MHFA website.
Mental Health Professionals' Network
Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN) is a unique initiative targeted at improving interdisciplinary mental health practice and collaborative care within Australia. The network supports primary mental health practitioners through local networks and webinar programs.
By supporting mental health practitioners to network on a regular basis, MHPN believe that their initiative can improve referral pathways and provide consumers with a better service. MHPN also collaborate with other organisations to further develop collaborative care practices.
Mental Health Online
Mental Health Online (formerly Anxiety Online) is an internet-based treatment clinic for people with mental health problems. It is an initiative of the National eTherapy Centre at Swinburne University of Technology and funded by the Federal Department of Health. For more information, visit the Mental Health Online website.
Mental Health Professional Development Online Development (MHPOD)
MHPOD is an online professional development resource. MHPOD features 68 topics, based on the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce, each with evidence-based content, multimedia (video and audio), interactive activities, knowledge check questions and suggested reference material. There is a dedicated section on the MHPOD website for educators.
mindhealthconnect is a way to access a range of trusted high-quality online information and self-help programs from Australia's leading mental health organisations and was launched in 2012 as part of the Australian Government’s National eMental Health Strategy. Visit the mindhealthconnect website for useful fact sheets about mental health and wellbeing.
NSW Kids and Families
NSW Kids and Families was established as a board-governed Statutory Health Corporation with a vision to secure the health, safety and wellbeing of NSW children, young people and families. In collaboration with healthcare providers and key policy partners, they are involved in a range of activities including building the capacity of healthcare service providers as well as providing expert advice to government.
Parent Easy Guides
Parent Easy Guides provide simple and easy-to-read information that school staff and early childhood educators can refer to or print for parents of children aged from birth to adolescence.
Post and Antenatal Depression Association Inc. (PANDA)
The PANDA website has resources that can be downloaded by school staff and early childhood educators and distributed to parents who may be experiencing pre-natal or postnatal depression and anxiety.
Psych4Schools is a comprehensive online resource supporting psychologists, teachers, leadership teams and professionals in Australian primary and junior secondary schools. Developed by school psychologists, practical strategies assist psychologists with recommendations for report writing and teachers with practical strategies for student behaviour support, learning and wellbeing, diagnosed conditions, learning disabilities and other issues. There are many free resources and excerpts of Psych4Schools ebooklets available, which will be of interest to parents, teachers and health practitioners.
Raising Children Network
Raising Children Network is a national website aimed at helping families care for their children. The Raising Children Network website offers up-to-date, research-based material on more than 800 topics spanning child development, behaviour, health, nutrition and fitness, play and learning, connecting and communicating, school and education, entertainment and technology, sleep and safety. The website can be used to search a range of services in a geographical area including activities, libraries, community health services, government services, early childhood education and care services and schools, family support services and general and specialist health services.
The ReachOut website offers general information on a variety of issues that affect young people.
Response Ability is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. It aims to promote the social and emotional wellbeing, or mental health, of children and young people. The project is implemented by Hunter Institute of Mental Health in partnership with tertiary educators throughout Australia. The Response Ability team supports the pre-service training of school teachers and early childhood educators, regarding mental health issues in children and young people. For more information, visit the Response Ability website.
SAFEMinds (Schools and Families Enhancing Minds) is a professional learning and resource package for schools and families that offers training and resources focusing on early intervention mental health support for children and young people in schools. They also offer an online referral tool to help identify clearly defined and appropriate referral pathways between schools and mental health services.
The Sane website offers a wide range of information and fact sheets for carers, family and friends about all types of mental illness.
Siblings Australia's website has a range of information, research reports, resources and opportunities to connect. For example there is a whole section on how schools might support families of a child with disability.
Tune in to Little Ones
Tune in to Little Ones is a resource developed by the Northern Territory Government that looks at the needs, strengths and vulnerabilities of infants under the age of two. Their website includes a freely available Healthy Development booklet that contains information about the developmemt and leanring capabilities of infants under the age of two. ECEC educators can provide parents and carers with this information.
Wellbeing Australia is a not-for-profit network of people and organisations committed to developing the healthy relationships that lead to individual and community wellbeing. They focus on the education sector and have many resources that can be accessed from their website.
Young carers are aged up to 25 years and help care in families where someone has an illness, a disability, a mental health issue or an alcohol or other drug problem. The Young carers website has information for school staff about how to identify a young carer in the classroom and where to receive assistance.