Given the extensive media coverage, some children are already aware of the impact of the virus and will pick up on the concerns and anxiety of others. This could be through listening and observing what is happening online, at home and school.
The Learning at home website provides advice and resources for parents and carers, educators and students. This includes a wide range of resources and information related to the impact of COVID-19 on students’ health and wellbeing and the impact on families. It also includes vital information for schools to understand how they can best support students and families to access services and information. The website will continue to be updated over the coming weeks.
Here are some links to websites that you may like to access. These websites will not replace talking to someone that you trust or speaking with your doctor or a mental health professional. They are a starting point while obtaining professional assistance:
Youth Beyond Blue: http://youthbeyondblue.com/
Bite Back: http://www.biteback.org.au/
Kids Helpline: http://www.kidshelp.com.au/
Family members may need assistance too:
Mental Health Emergency Response Line https://www.mhc.wa.gov.au/getting-help/hel;plines/mental-health-response-line/
Family Help Line: 92231100
Parenting WA Line: 6279 1200
Crisis Care (Crisis Counselling): 9223 1111
For urgent assistance
Child & adolescent Health Service Urgent Mental Health Telephone support for children and families: 1800 048 636
Parents are advised that, if they need urgent mental health advice and support for themselves or their child, there is a
24 hour crisis support line
1800 048 636.