Emotional and mental wellbeing
Anxiety is a common and natural feeling that everybody experiences. If anxiety is significantly interfering in your child's everyday life, then it is important to get help. Anxiety disorders can be treated effectively.
Bereaved children and teenagers will need ongoing attention, reassurance and support. It is not unusual for grief to resurface later on, even well after the death.
Bullying is a serious and distressing experience. It can have a huge impact on children's mental health and wellbeing.
Following a traumatic event, it is normal for children, teenagers and adults to have strong feelings, reactions, and changes in behaviour. Children learn from their parents’ responses, as well as what they see and hear in the media.
Depression is a serious illness that interferes with everyday life. It is important to get help if concerned about child depression. Depression can be treated effectively.
SPARX is a a free online tool for young people. It teaches them the key skills to help fight mild to moderate depression, anxiety or stress.
There are many reasons why people self harm. The most important thing to do is to listen. It is very important to encourage talking as that is a much better way to help the intensity of emotions than to self harm.
Some resources about how to talk to kids about trauma - they might help with talking to children affected by the Christchurch tragedy.