Mental health for your family

When you’re focused on looking after young children, it can be difficult to also look after yourself. But looking after yourself physically, mentally and emotionally is worth it. Not only is it good for you, it's also good for your children.

Likewise, your child needs good mental health to develop in a healthy way socially, emotionally, mentally and physically. Good mental health in childhood also provides the foundation for better mental health and wellbeing later in life.

It’s more important than ever to be proactive in maintaining our mental health. Here are some easy and free ideas on how to maintain your mental health.

If you think you might have antenatal or postnatal depression, getting help early is important. Visit our Postnatal and antenatal depression page for more information.

Find information

The Raising Children Network provides well researched, evidence based information, along with videos about looking after yourself and your family:

Support and advice

Lifeline Call: 131 114
Beyond Blue Call: 1300 224 636
Kids Helpline Call: 1800 551 800

We also have a full list of local and national counselling and mental health services available to families.

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