Being a parent is undoubtedly a remarkable experience, filled with many surprises and cherished memories. However, it’s no secret that it can also present many challenges to expecting, new or experienced parents.
Health practitioners can recommend or utilise a range of digital mental health resources as part of their work to support parents through many of these challenges. When faced with the stressors of parenthood, digital resources are an easily accessible way for parents to take care of their own mental health and wellbeing. Parenting courses, tools and tips can also be accessed online to help parents develop a positive parent-child relationship and enforce healthy limits. Parents can also use digital mental health resources directly with their children to help support their child’s wellbeing at home.
Resources for Parents Own Wellbeing
Digital mental health interventions can be a great tool for your clients with children or those expecting a new baby who may be facing their own mental health challenges. These resources can help parents cope with low moods, anxiety, or everyday stress as well as address concerns directly related to their role as a parent, such as relationship issues, identity, and parenting concerns.
Information and moderated forums for parents, guardians, and other adults to support the young people in their life while taking care of their own mental health and wellbeing.
Professional counselling and support for parents and carers offering phone, email and webchat. Online counselling is also available in some states/territories. Find the website and phone numbers for Parentline in your state here.
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Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Program
Self-guided online programs and coping tips for a range of mental health concerns, including a three lesson pregnancy and postnatal program for new mums.
Parenting tools refer to websites, online programs, apps, and phone support lines which help parents to build their confidence and address questions and concerns around parenting from birth to adolescence. These tools can help with defining roles and developing relationships, keeping children safe, understanding children’s needs, and sharing parenting strategies.
Practical, evidence-based guidelines on how parents can support their child’s wellbeing, including reducing risk of depression and anxiety, addressing school refusal, and preventing alcohol misuse.
Pregnancy, Birth and Baby
1800 882 436
Information website, phone or video chat with a maternal child health nurse for personal advice and guidance on pregnancy, birth, being a parent and raising a child.
Understanding and Supporting Children and Teens Mental Wellbeing
Digital mental health resources can help parents to learn about their child’s behaviour, understand when to seek support and how to support and improve their child’s mental wellbeing.
Resilient Families Programs
Available on App Store and Google Play
A website and app teaching Mindfulness Meditation to young people and adults. Includes programs designed to be listened to with the whole family and tailored programs for parents.
Cool Little Kids Online
A program for parents of shy or anxious children (3-6), that helps build parents’ knowledge and practical skills to increase their child’s confidence.
Resources for Bereaved Parents
WellMob is a hub of online social, emotional, and cultural wellbeing resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. They bring together websites, apps, podcasts, videos, social media, and online counselling resources with a focus on social and emotional wellbeing to connect frontline health and wellbeing workers with culturally safe resources.
The WellMob website includes a section on resources for parenting where you can access a range of resources for mums, dads, grandparents, and carers on parenting and family support to help bring up children to develop into deadly young people.