Australian parents and carers will soon have free access to online resources to support their children’s mental health and well-being.
The Australian Government’s latest investment of A$40.6 million under the Parenting Education and Support Grant is to fund access to the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program. The locally developed program has been used by families in over 30 countries for over 40 years.
Proven to work across cultures, socioeconomic groups and in many family structures, Triple P offers parents and caregivers a range of strategies to support the healthy development of children.
These strategies include ways to create the best environment for a child’s development; Dealing with childlike behavior, promoting new skills and supporting emotional self-regulation; to raise happier, more confident and capable children; and improving your relationship as a family.
Health Secretary Greg Hunt said the online program will give parents a better understanding of their children’s mental health and well-being, help them identify potential behavioral problems and plan when and how to access help.
Triple P also provides specialized support for parents of children with disabilities, parents of children with health conditions, parents in the process of separation or divorce, and parents of culturally, linguistically diverse and First Nations backgrounds.
In a separate statement, the organization said it would work with the government, the mental health sector and other services, such as schools, early childhood services and children’s health centers, to make its online resources accessible to parents.
WHY IT MATTERS
In Australia, one in seven children aged 4 to 11 suffers from a mental disorder. Based on a report by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, About half of all mental illness in the country begins by age 14, with ADHD being the most common mental health problem in children, followed by anxiety disorders.
Nevertheless approx According to a national survey, 65% of Australian parents are not confident in recognizing signs of social or emotional problems in their children and don’t know where to go for help.
“We know that many mental illnesses develop at an early age and then persist and increase in severity throughout life. That’s why it’s so important that we act early and equip parents and carers with the tools they need to best support their children. said David Coleman, Assistant Secretary of State for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.
For Triple P International Country Director Carol-Markie-Dadds, the “key” is to address children’s mental health issues before they become serious a mix of early intervention strategies and building parental mental health literacy to recognize and respond to early signs of anxiety or stress.
Parents and caregivers, she said, play an important role in the long-term success of their children’s emotional resilience, mental health and life outcomes. “Positive family relationships are key to creating a healthy and supportive environment in which children thrive.”
THE BIGGER TREND
Free access to Triple P complements existing government support for children and their families, including new Head to Health Kids centers and perinatal mental health screening.
In September, the federal government launched a new mobile app that also helps parents promote their children’s mental well-being. Available on Android and iOS devices that Developed by the Raising Children Network, the Raising Healthy Children app provides parents with children under the age of 12 with information about their child’s health, development and well-being. Over 30 topics including anxiety, stress, bullying and gender identity are currently featured on the app, with more to come.
The following month, the government released its national strategy for child mental health and well-being, which outlines a framework for the development of integrated services that maintain and support the mental health and well-being of children aged 0-12 and their families.
ON THE RECORD
“More than ever, parents, caregivers and children are living with heightened levels of anxiety and stress due to the pandemic, disasters and global events. The program will give parents and caregivers the tools and confidence they need to support their children’s mental wellbeing during these times of uncertainty and beyond,” said Markie-Dadds.