Ahead of International Day of Families tomorrow, we wanted to take a look at the digital mental health resources available to support families’ mental health and wellbeing. Families are often a key part of the support structure for individuals coping with a mental health condition. Therefore, many resources and programs include information for people supporting a loved one or guidance for individuals on how to ask for help from family members.
There are also a range of resources developed specifically to support parents through pregnancy, birth, parenting, and every stage of their family growth. You can find out more about these resources by viewing our factsheets ‘Digital Mental Health Resources for New and Expecting Parents’ and ‘Digital Mental Health Resources for Parents’.
The resources below are designed to support families as they grow and develop together. There are a range of digital mental health resources available to support families coping with a range of mental health concerns, and help build good mental wellbeing. The resources below are designed to support families as they grow and develop together.
Raising Children Network
Raising Children Network is a website developed by the Australian Department of Social Services to connect families with tools, information apps, and other products to help them grow and thrive together. While mainly designed to support parents, the resources are also suitable for children and young adults.
Family Relationships Advice Line
1800 151 321
Family Relationships Advice Line is a national telephone information and referral service for families affected by relationship or separation issues. The advice line is available to anyone experiencing family relationship issues including grandparents, parents, children, young people, and other family members or friends who need support. Their aim is to strengthen family relationships and help families stay together or guide families through separation.
1300 364 277
Relationships Australia provides individuals, families, and communities with information, tips, and advice on relationship issues through their website and telephone support service. They aim to support individuals build stronger, more positive, and respectful relationships as well as guide people through family disputes and relationship issues.
The BRAVE Program
The BRAVE Program provides online, interactive programs to help young children aged 3 to 7, children aged 8 to 12, and teens aged 12 to 17 overcome anxiety. The programs also include parent components to help them support children through the program and coping with their anxiety.
Emerging Minds is a trauma toolkit for communities, families, and individuals recovering from a traumatic event. The website includes research, podcasts, webinars, apps, videos, workshops, factsheets, and more resources to support professionals, children, and families dealing with trauma.
Healthy Families is a website developed by Beyond Blue to provide information to parents, guardians, and families supporting young people while also taking care of their own mental health and wellbeing. The website includes a mental health checklist for children, stress tests, advice, and suggestions on mental health support for health professionals.
Mindfulness in the home
Smiling Mind is a website and app teaching mindfulness meditation to young people and adults. Their website includes tools and resources on how to practice mindfulness in the home for parents and children. Smiling Mind also offers a Families Program available on the Apple Store and Google Play Store, including mediation activities for families to practice together.
WellMob was developed to connect frontline health and wellbeing workers with culturally relevant resources to use with their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients. The website includes videos, apps, podcasts, links to other websites, and more resources to support the mental health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians. The ‘Our Mob’ section of the WellMob website is dedicated to resources supporting families and parents, building healthy relationships, and staying connected.
1800RESPECT is a 24-hour telephone and online counselling service for people experiencing sexual, domestic and family violence. Their website includes a range of information on healthy relationships and domestic and family violence, amongst other information on violence and abuse and how to find help.
ReachOut is an online support service for young people and parents, providing information, links to useful apps and programs, and peer-support forums on a range of topics. The ReachOut website includes information for families, covering a range of topics to help parents and children deal with family issues and conflict.
Headspace is a national youth foundation providing resources and information to support young people and their families. Their website includes information for families on supporting their young loved ones through life issues, health and wellbeing, mental health, alcohol, drugs, work, and study.