Resources for parents

If you’re unsure how to talk your child about coronavirus, or looking for support yourself, our dedicated Child & Family Counselling team have compiled a list of resources that you might find helpful.

Keep an eye on this page as we’ll continue to update new resources as we find them.

General up-to-date information about coronavirus:

Official Australian Government COVID website: https://www.australia.gov.au/ 

Coronavirus Australia app

Apple download: https://apps.apple.com/au/app/coronavirus-australia/id1503846231

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.gov.health.covid19

The Australian Government’s WhatsApp chat: https://api.whatsapp.com/send?phone=61400253787&text=To%20learn%20more%20about%20COVID-19%20in%20Australia%2c%20press%20the%20send%20button%20%E2%86%92&source=&data=&autoload=false

Health alerts: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

Map/data: https://elm.nsupdate.info/virus/#world

NSW Department of Education advice: https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/school-safety/novel-coronavirus

Downloadable resources in different languages: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-resources

Health advice about coronavirus: 

Information about the affect of coronavirus on babies, kids and pregnant women: https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2020-03-24/coronavirus-covid-babies-pregnancy-children-kids/12080892

Raising Children Network: https://raisingchildren.net.au/guides/a-z-health-reference/coronavirus-and-children-in-australia

Mental health resources:

Support for your mental health and those around you, courtesy of Beyond Blue: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak 

Excellent list of videos, resources and worksheets to support your family’s mental health: https://emergingminds.com.au/resources/supporting-children-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/

Helping kids cope with stress poster: https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/helping-children-cope-with-stress-print.pdf?sfvrsn=f3a063ff_2

Tips for talking to your children about coronavirus and helping them deal with difficult or different situations:

Tips from The Conversation on talking to your children about coronavirus: 8 tips on what to tell your kids about coronavirus

Unicef:  https://www.unicef.org.au/blog/news-and-insights/march-2020/how-to-talk-to-your-children-about-coronavirus

Psychology Today:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/little-house-calls/202003/parenting-during-covid-19

https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/little-house-calls/202003/parenting-during-covid-19-part-2

Hey Sigmund: https://www.heysigmund.com/help-kids-feel-calm/

How to speak to my child about Coronavirus: COVID-19 parents and carers support for students 10 3 2020

Information for parents – talking to children about COVID-19: https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource?ck_subscriber_id=630710601

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