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Mental Health

There’s no doubt that for many people, the COVID-19 crisis has turned lives upside down. Social distancing and isolation, employment and financial uncertainty and dramatic changes to the way we operate daily have left us feeling stressed, worried, anxious, and overwhelmed.

It's important that we all make our mental health a priority and employ simple but effective strategies in our daily life to ensure we remain resilient and can look to the future with positivity.

This is why, now more than ever, we remain committed to supporting your mental health.

We’ve teamed up with a number of our partners to provide you with a range of helpful resources and activities designed to help you stay positive and keep your mental health in check during this challenging time.

Children's Hospital Foundation Qld

The Children’s Hospital Foundation QLD provides much needed support, education and entertainment for sick kids and their families.

Their Child Life Therapy program is designed to help counteract the fears, misconceptions and anxiety experienced by children in hospital through activities that support the child’s developmental, social and emotional wellbeing.

They are now using their skills and expertise in this field to provide a range of resources for parents to help children deal with their emotions as a result of COVID-19.

How to talk to your children about COVID

The team at Queensland Children’s Hospital certainly understand just how hard it can be to talk about health concerns with kids. This blog article from the hospital has some reassurance for parents who might be feeling unsure about discussing the pandemic with their kids.

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For Children Under 7 years

CHFQ referred us to this online book by MindHeart Kids.

Author Manuela Molina created this short book to support and reassure our children under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation. It is important to point out that this resource does not seek to be a source of scientific information, but rather a tool based on fantasy. The author’s recommendation is to print this material so children can draw on it. Remember that emotions are processed through repetitive play and stories read multiple times.

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KidsXpress

KidsXpress aims to address the impact of childhood stress and trauma through workshops, early intervention and group therapy.

Their Trauma Informed Education Services help participants to understand the physiological, social and emotional impacts of childhood trauma.

As experts in dealing with childhood trauma, KidsXpress recently interviewed Head of Resilience NSW, Shane Fitzsimmons, on the importance of communication and connections during these challenging times. Take a look at the video below. 

HMRI

Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) translational research model aligns over 1500 researchers, students and support staff from Hunter New England Health and the University of Newcastle, inspiring new discoveries to deliver a healthier future.

In this global pandemic, HMRI are undergoing research into COVID-19 and continue to keep us informed about its effects, management strategies and how to stay safe. 

Supporting our Youth

Together these organisations provide guidance and support for under 25s

Kids Helpline is Australia’s only free, private and confidential, 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25 years.

They understand the importance of mental and emotional well-being and have created fun ways for young people to stay connected during COVID-19.

If you need support, please contact them anytime via phone, email or web.

Headspace is another organisation that is supporting teenagers and young adults aged 12 to 25 years of age. They provide tailored and holistic mental health support, as well guides on how to cope with COVID-19 related stress.

Talking connection and resilience with Shane Fitzsimons

KidsXpress CEO & Founder, Margo Ward, sits down with Head of Resilience NSW and KidsXpress Patron, Shane Fitzsimmons, to talk about the importance of communication and connection as the people of NSW face unprecedented challenges in 2020.

HMRI Seminar: Mental Health - Taking Care of Yourself and Each Other

2020 has been a year like no other. The challenges we have faced this year have not only emphasised the importance of taking care of ourselves and our own mental health, but also the wellbeing of our friends and family during difficult times. This seminar focuses on what we understand from research about how families and friends are affected and why it is important for them to be able to give voice to their experiences. The seminar also provides some insight into helpful resources within our community to support them and their loved ones who are living with mental health issues.