World Mental Health Day – 10th October 2020

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No one would deny that 2020 has been a very tough year.  While the instances of COVID-19 have thankfully decreased in Queensland, the mental, emotional and financial toll it has taken on many in our community will continue to be felt for some time.

With World Mental Health day happening on the 10th of October, we thought that we would share some useful resources for those in our community seeking mental health support for either yourself, your child or a loved one during this time.

Of course, if you need immediate support, please do reach out to us.  We are always here to lend an ear and can point you in the right direction to get the support you may require.

Black Dog Institute

Black Dog Institute is a medical research institute in Australia that investigates mental health across the lifespan, with the aim of creating a mentally healthier world for everyone.

They do this through ‘translational’ research. Integrating their research studies, education programs, digital tools and apps, clinical services, and public resources to discover new solutions, foster connections and create real-world change.

Below are a few links that we felt might be useful:

Working from home: A checklist to support your mental health

Coronavirus – Reassuring your child about the unknown

The Blackdog Institute Online Free Mental Health Assessment Tool

MCH staff are participating in the One Foot Forward fundraising initiative created by Black Dog Institute. If you would like to support our team and help to raise money for this worthy cause, please click here.

eMHprac – E Mental Health in Practice

eMHPrac has compiled a directory of Australian, evidence-based, free (or low-cost), publicly funded digital mental health programs and resources, ranging from apps, to crisis helplines, to self-guided online programs.

Browse their online support directory

Managing your mental health online during COVID-19

Beyond Blue – Healthy Families

Healthy Families is all about giving you the information, knowledge and confidence to support the young people in your life – whether you’re a parent, guardian, grandparent, a favourite uncle or an awesome auntie. We’re also here to help you take care of your own mental health and wellbeing, especially if you’re a new parent or about to become one.

Mental Health – what to look for in children 1 – 5

Dad Stress Test 

World Health Organisation

Below are links to a number of resources provided by the World Health Organisation to help you manage your mental health during the pandemic.

Looking after our mental health

Free e-Book for children about COVID – My Hero is You

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