Government funds free access to online parenting resources to support children’s mental wellbeing
Australian parents and carers will soon have free access to online resources to support their children’s mental health and wellbeing.
The Australian Government’s latest investment of AU$40.6 million through the Parenting Education and Support Grant is funding access to the Triple P – Positive Parenting programme. Locally developed, the program has been used by families in over 30 countries for over 40 years.
Triple P, proven across cultures, socioeconomic groups, and across many family structures, offers parents and caregivers a range of strategies to support healthy child development.
These strategies include ways to create the best environment for a child’s development; address children’s behaviors, promote new skills and help with emotional self-regulation; raising happier, more confident and capable children; and improve your relationship as a family.
The online program, according to Health Minister Greg Hunt, will give parents a better understanding of their children’s mental health and well-being, help them identify potential behavioral issues and plan when and how to access ugly.
Triple P also offers specialized support to parents of children with disabilities, parents of children with health challenges, parents going through separation or divorce, and parents from culturally and linguistically diverse and First Nations backgrounds.
In a separate statement, the organization said it would work with government, the mental health sector and other services such as schools, early years services and children’s health centres, to give access to their online parenting resources.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT
In Australia, one in seven children between the ages of 4 and 11 suffers from a mental disorder. Based on a report from According to the Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing, around half of all mental health problems in the country begin at the age of 14, with ADHD being the most common mental health problem in children. , followed by anxiety disorders.
Despite this, approximately 65% of Australian parents aren’t sure they recognize signs of social or emotional problems in their children and don’t know where to get help, according to a national study.
“We know that many mental health problems develop at an early age and then continue throughout life, increasing their severity. That is why it is so important that we act early and equip parents and caregivers with the tools they need to better support their children,” David Coleman, Associate Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, said.
For Carol-Markie-Dadds, National Director of Triple P International, the “key” to solving children’s mental health issues before they get worse is a mix of early intervention and parent mental health literacy strategies to recognize and respond to early signs of anxiety or stress.
Parents and caregivers, she said, play a major role in the long-term success of their children’s emotional resilience, mental health and life outcomes. “Positive family relationships are key to creating a healthy and supportive environment in which children will thrive.”
THE GREAT TREND
Free access to Triple P complements existing government support for children and their families, including new Head to Health Kids Centers and perinatal mental health screening.
In September, the federal government launched a new mobile app that also helps parents support their children’s mental well-being. Available on Android and iOS devices, the The Raising Healthy Children app developed by Raising Children Network provides parents of children aged 12 and under with information about their child’s health, development and well-being. Over 30 topics including anxiety, stress, bullying and gender identity are currently listed on the app with more to follow later.
The following month, the government released its National Strategy for Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing, which outlines a framework to guide the development of integrated services that maintain and support the mental health and wellbeing of children aged 0 to 12 years old and their families.
“Now more than ever, parents, caregivers and children are living with increased levels of anxiety and stress due to the pandemic, disasters and world events. The program will give parents and caregivers the tools and confidence they need to support their children’s mental well-being in these uncertain times and beyond,” said Markie-Dadds.