National Coronavirus Health Information
All schools or sector to refer to up to date Coronavirus Health Information in Australia. National Coronavirus Health Information Line 1800 020 080.
World Health Organisation
Australian Government Corona Virus APP - Up to date information
Coronavirus Australia, which is available from the Apple App Store and on Google Play, was launched alongside the Government's new WhatsApp feature.
Australian Government Department of Health - COVID resources
Queensland Early Childhood Education and Care
- COVID -19 - information compiled to help manage service operations
Resource for children
National youth resource and support organization
Federal funded guide to evidence based digital mental health resources for young people
For over 20 years Emerging Minds has been dedicated to advancing the mental health and emotional wellbeing of Australian infants, children, adolescents and their families. The organisation now leads the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health, delivered in partnership with the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS), the Australian National University (ANU), the Parenting Research Centre (PRC) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
COVID specific offers the following wellbeing advice.
General online/phone counselling
Reliable information for parents, youth and teachers about supporting young peoples mental health and wellbeing
UQ interactive online program for anxious children and young people
Evidence based site with resources for young people to check and track mental fitness
EVIDENCE BASED SITES/APPS for individual use
SuperBetter is a tool created by game designers to help you build resilience and get stronger, happier and healthier. Choose from over 25 power packs or design your own adventure for any area of life where you want to feel better.
Each activity uses gaming techniques to help you tackle a tough challenge, change what isn't working and reach your goals. You can get support and help others while having fun.
Mindfulness meditation can be a valuable tool for improving your mental wellbeing. Research has shown that regular mindfulness practice can help you feel calmer and more positive, as well as giving you more energy, clarity and focus. Smiling Mind guides you through simple meditation exercises to get you started on your mindfulness journey. Colourful and warm, the app uses engaging illustrations and short meditation sessions to train you to become more aware of your breath and your senses, so you can bring mindfulness into your everyday routine.
Website: https://www.smilingmind.com.au/ APP: https://www.smilingmind.com.au/smiling-mind-app
Interactive self-help program with modules for depression, generalised anxiety and worry, social anxiety, relationship breakdown, and loss and grief.
Telling yourself to stop worrying rarely works – it is very difficult to just forget about something that is causing you anxiety, stress or sadness. But if you tell your mind you have permission to worry later, for a set period of time, you can take some control over those upsetting thoughts, so they cause less disruption throughout the rest of the day. ReachOut WorryTime helps you track what you are worrying about, so you can notice patterns and try to address recurring themes. And chances are, by the time your worry session does come around, it won’t seem so worrying after all.
A popular interactive program that teaches cognitive-behaviour therapy skills for preventing and coping with depression. Participation is free and anonymous.
The Brave Program
Online program to help you manage worry and anxiety. Includes up to 10 sessions that you can work through at your own pace. Comprises both youth and parent components.
This online app can help young people who are going through a tough time to access the most appropriate support services for them, based on their own unique symptoms and experiences.
The Check in App
Helps young people to help take the fear out of having a conversation with a friend who might be struggling. The app takes you through four steps, super easy and super quick, getting you to think about where you might check in, what you might say and how might you support your friend.
‘Mood Mechanic Course’ – An online program for stress, worry, anxiety and depression in people aged 18-24. The course aims to help people to learn to break unhelpful habits and learn to overcome symptoms.
Online counselling – similar to lifeline but specifically for North Queensland
Phone counselling service for parents 1300 30 1300
Provider of relationship support services for families. 1300 364 277
Phone counselling service for parents (men) 1300 78 9978
Counselling for children and young people 1800 551800
Youthbeyondblue Support Service
online/phone counselling from BeyondBlue
SPECIFIC WELL-BEING RESOURCES
Lead organization for resources and counselling for eating disorders and body image.
Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement
Information and support for people who are grieving
Queensland Centre for infant and Perinatal Mental Health
Resouces for support very young children . Birdie and the big sickness is useful ebook on website
ebook in Auslan form https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohG049WGxjc&app=desktop
What is Covid https://bit.ly/2xa9ZgA
Look after yourself https://bit.ly/3bgb1Gj
Look for signs https://bit.ly/3944NrJ
Auslan Translated Resources
COVID youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5-rDFPNlK0&t=6s
Queensland state wide telephone service for women and families experience family violence (24 hr)
Australian wide phone and web chat to support LGBTQ+ mental health and wellbeing .
National Suicide Call Back Service
Nationwide service providing 24/7 telephone and online support for those affected by suicide
Free evidence based cyber safety program that provides accessible cyber safety education for youth, parents and staff
Covid-19 - I can Help
My Story About Pandemics and the Coronavirus
Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times
UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute Autism Team
GENERAL WELL-BEING RESOURCE
Greater Good Science Centre
Based at University of California, Berkeley. Evidence based resources for mental wellbeing.
Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)
American School Counselor Association
Free training courses on line to support wellbeing
Head to Health
Humans are susceptible to many different infectious diseases, including coronavirus (COVID-19). Worrying about diseases is a normal reaction. But, excessive worrying about infectious diseases can affect both our physical and our mental health.
This page describes practical psychological skills to help you and your loved ones cope with anxiety and worry about infectious diseases.
Supporting Families During COVID-19
We know parents are struggling to balance work, child care and self-care while keeping worries — both your children’s and your own — under control. You don’t have to do it alone.
Toronto based wellbeing resource company . CYMHS used.
Carol Gray Social Stories
Leading US consultant to children and adolescents
COVID specific resource:
NPR online resources
Print and fold version
NATIONAL CHILD TRAUMATIC STRESS NETWORK NCTSN
US organization supporting traumatised children , families and communities
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
Specific COVID materials (US contexts)
Dr Kaylene Henderson
Queensland Child Psychiatrist . Information for parents and educators