A new, free phone app has just launched, which includes information, ideas, and guidance for parents on supporting their child’s mental health and wellbeing
The Raising Healthy Mind App was developed by an Australian Government initiative, Raising Children Network, in consultation with leading health, mental health and parenting experts, as well as parents from across the country.
It aims to build the knowledge of parents and carers, with kids aged 0-12, on children’s social and emotional wellbeing. It provides evidence-based advice and referral information that can help parents and carers become more confident in identifying when additional help is needed. It allows them to check on emotions or behaviours that might be concerning them, or get helpful information based on their child’s age.
It also includes resources aimed at professionals working with children and families, to ensure they have the latest evidence-based information to respond to questions raised with them by parents.
It has been co-designed and user-tested to be as accessible as possible to parents from all backgrounds and abilities, using videos, images and infographics as much as possible.
The app will help increase mental health literacy and reduce stigma in talking about problematic or concerning behaviours or emotions that children may be experiencing.
You can download the app from the Apple or Google Play stores or access it via raisingchildren.net.au/raisinghealthyminds