All parents want their children to enjoy their school years, find their tribe, develop confidence and resilience and make a life for themselves in whatever field stirs their interest and passion. However, research and our own experiences with our children tell us, the path isn’t always smooth sailing.
The QIS Parents Network has drawn together a wide range of informative and practical resources to help parents support their child’s wellbeing at all stage’s of their school life.
How You Can Support Your Child’s Wellbeing
Be You | A new website that details a national school-based approach to supporting children’s and young people’s mental health in early learning services and schools, from early years to 18. It includes modules, fact sheets and support for educators that parents will also find helpful.
Student Wellbeing Hub | A central point where parents can access advice about important topics and resources to help make their child’s school experience a positive one.
Headspace | A national mental health foundation that provides support for young people and families to work through life’s challenges.
Qld Family & Child Commission | a government agency that promotes the safety, wellbeing and best interests of children and young people; promotes and advocates the responsibility of families and communities to protect and care for children and young people; and improves the child protection system.
Raising Children Network | an Australian Government-supported parenting website that provides families with tips and advice on every possible parenting issue, or childhood health, education or wellbeing concern.
Parentline | a confidential and free telephone counselling support service for Queensland parents.
Kids Helpline | a free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.
Lifeline | a 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention service provider.
Beyond Blue | a national organisation the provides information about, and support for, depression, anxiety and suicide prevention.
ReachOut | a national online mental health organisation for young people and their parents that provides practical support, tools and tips to help young people respond to life’s challenges and provides parents with knowledge and strategies to support their children. There is also a free one-on-one support program for parents if they would like individualised advice on how to support their teenager through a difficult period.
Triple P (Positive Parenting Programs) | Queensland parents can access free parenting seminars and online courses to help them navigate and respond to every day and more complex family issues and child behaviours.
Spark Their Future | When children are struggling to engage at school, support and guidance from a parent can make a big difference. This Queensland government website has lots of resources and information to help parents support their children, develop their resilience and discover their interests and passions.
Smiling Mind | a not-for-profit organisation that works to make mindfulness accessible to all Australians via a free app, face-to-face workshops and resources that can be used by both teachers and employers.
Cool Kids and Chilled Out Online Parenting Courses | Evidence-based skills-based online program for parents of young children and teens that equips them with strategies and skills to help children manage anxiety.
Office of the eSafety Commissioner | a national organisation that works to make all Australians have safe, positive experiences online. It is also responsible for providing: a complaints service for young Australians who experience serious cyberbullying; identifying and removing illegal online content; and tackling image-based abuse.
Think You Know | a national program led by the Australian Federal Police to educate children and young people about issues such as sexting, cyber bullying, online child exploitation, online privacy, and what to do when something goes wrong. Presentations are aimed at parents, carers and teachers and young people from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
Bullying No Way | A national day of action where school communities stand up against all forms of bullying and violence. The website contains a range of supporting information and advice for students and families.
Healthdirect | a government-funded service that provides quality, approved health information and advice.