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Mental health resources for parents and families

Families and caregivers of children and young people should discuss coronavirus (COVID-19) in an open and honest way that they will understand.

Conversations with children and young people

Families and caregivers of children and young people should discuss COVID-19 in an open and honest way that they will understand.

Talk about the facts without causing alarm, and in a way that is appropriate for their age and temperament. It is important to listen to any questions they may have, to let them know that they are safe and that it’s normal to feel worried or concerned.

If the media or the news is getting too much for them, limit exposure for young children and encourage teenagers to limit their exposure or turn it off completely.

Further tips for caring for younger children:

  • Ask children what they have heard about COVID-19.
  • The way parents behave can have a significant effect on children. Keep conversations calm and focused on the facts. Emphasise efforts that are being taken to contain COVID-19.
  • Model health-promoting behaviours for your children. For example, teach them to wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Educate the entire family about good health habits. Talk about what each family member can do to help others outside of the immediate family.
  • Include children in family discussions and plans, in an age-appropriate way.
  • Address any misconceptions children may have that could result in stigmatising people or groups of people in the community.

Resources

Reviewed 23 July 2021

Coronavirus Victoria

24/7 Coronavirus Hotline

If you suspect you may have COVID-19 call the dedicated hotline – open 24 hours, 7 days.

Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

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