Raising Healthy Minds is an easy-to-use, evidence-based resource to share with parents and carers who have raised concerns about a child’s social and emotional wellbeing, or where professionals have observed concerns about a child. Parents, carers and professionals can use the app to check on a child’s emotions, development and behaviour, or get helpful information based on a child’s age.
Topics covered include anxiety, depression, bullying, gender identity, feelings, trauma, resilience, tantrums, emotional regulation, temperament and learning difficulties.
The app has been designed using videos, images and infographics as much as possible to make it easy to access for users of all backgrounds and abilities. The app can also send weekly tips and reminders.
Raising Healthy Minds is supported by the Australian Government Department of Health and was developed by an expert panel of 21 high-level childhood health and development professionals, led by Professor Frank Oberklaid, co-chair of the National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy. It was also codesigned and tested with parents from across the country.
Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, former Governor-General of Australia, is an ambassador for the Raising Healthy Minds app.
“Supporting children to build the emotional and relationship skills they need to navigate the world is so critically important, (but) it’s not always straightforward. Raising Healthy Minds helps parents explore what might be going on with their child, understand what to expect, build up a parent’s toolkit, and identify situations where additional support might be needed.”
You can download the app from Google Play or the Apple Store or access it here.
Supporting parents and children through COVID-19
raisingchildren.net.au has continued to meet the demand for responsive and trustworthy online parenting support as families have navigated their way through the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting restrictions and lockdowns.
A number of new resources have been added to raisingchildren.net.au’s COVID-19 family guide. These include:
- Returning to school after COVID-19 lockdowns: children
- Returning to school after COVID-19 lockdowns: teenagers
- Home learning for children during COVID-19 lockdowns: tips
- Home learning for teenagers during COVID-19 lockdowns: tips
- COVID-19: lockdown and parent wellbeing
- Wearing face masks: tips to help children and teenagers
- COVID-19 vaccination: pregnancy and breastfeeding
- COVID-19 vaccination and teenagers
The COVID-19 family guide has provided families with evidence-based strategies and approaches to support family life, health and wellbeing throughout the course of the pandemic, and has given professionals tools to use in their work with families.