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. 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.
Raising Children Network
The Raising Children Network provides well researched, evidence based information, along with videos about looking after yourself and your family:
- Parents: mental health and wellbeing-external site
- Child mental health and wellbeing-external site
- Autism, disability, chronic illness and mental health-external site
Emerging Minds-external site provides some great information to better understand child mental health including:
- fact sheets.
Be sure to check out their resources-external site.
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.