Resources for our WEMOOSH Community
Below is some information and links shared by one of our wonderful parents to help out in this stressful time with Covid19 and hopefully make our journey's together a wonderful trip.
Kids Helpline has information broken up into age groups that is a good resource for kids to access themselves - each section is written in easy to understand terms and with age-appropriate language.
There's also a self-assessment tool on the website that can help direct kids where they need to go.
They also have info for parents, including COVID related resources.
The helpline itself is available to both kids and parents to talk/text chat with someone if they're worried about themselves or another person.
Reachout.com is more aimed at teenagers and their parents but there's some good articles in there on supporting your teenager, helping to set boundaries, building trust, better communication, navigating social media, setting family priorities, etc.
The article on helping your teenager stick to a routine during COVID-19 has things like family and individual planners, etc.
Parentline has parent specific advice broken up into age groups of children from 0-18.
In the Kids-5-8 section, for example, there are articles on discipline and positive parenting, teaching kids respect in relationships, anxiety in kids, etc.
Headspace is also for kids 12+ but has some good resources for both kids and parents.
They have a family and friends section that is similar but from the perspective of supporting a young person with a mental illness:
This article on building a healthy relationship with your young person offers a lot of good advice, including explaining from the kid's perspective what's happening.
Orygen is mainly a youth oriented research Centre. Jo Robinson from Orygen was interviewed by Oprah with Prince Harry in her recent mental health series for Apple TV.
Orygen have a set of guidelines called #chatsafe that are evidence-based, youth co-designed set of guidelines for helping young people to communicate about suicide safely online. They also have a version for communities to help reduce the risk of a suicide cluster after a young person's death by suicide.
National Mental Health Commission
Their pandemic fatigue campaign is available here.