Free online mental health workshops for parents, carers

Not alone: Learn how to talk to your teen about mental health during free seminars being offered by Headspace. Picture: Shutterstock
Not alone: Learn how to talk to your teen about mental health during free seminars being offered by Headspace. Picture: Shutterstock

Free mental health workshops to assist parents, carers and community members support the young people in their lives are now being offered online by Headspace.

The workshops help parents and carers better understand the unique challenges young people are facing and teach them how to access appropriate support - particularly during COVID-19.

Member for Wollondilly Nathaniel Smith encouraged locals to sign-up for any of the 49 available sessions.

"These workshops will help parents and carers improve their mental health literacy, teaching them to recognise danger signs, learn shareable coping skills and understand what support is available locally," Mr Smith said.

Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said the sessions were for any parent or carer who was worried about their child and wasn't sure how to approach a conversation with them.

"These workshops are all about addressing local challenges, pointing the way to local support services and allowing the community to ask questions about what they can do to help young people who are struggling," Mrs Taylor said.

Headspace is a not-for-profit organisation for youth mental health established by the Australian Government.

Register online for any of the sessions at https://bit.ly/3uK5EKM

Meantime, not-for-profit organisation Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia (MIFA) this week launches a free initiative called the Finding North Network to link people who have a mental health condition with others in the same situation, so they can share information and inspire each other.

Tony Stevenson, CEO of the MIFA, said, "The reality is mental health support is all too often not readily available to people. This project will help change that. Unquestionably working from home during COVID - has - in numerous cases created feelings of isolation and disconnection with work colleagues."

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