The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus can make us feel stressed and over whelmed at times. People can be affected in different ways, some experiencing anxiety, fear, anger, sadness and confusion.
Our Services are still available for children, young people (0-18yrs) and their families during the COVID-19 crisis. We can assist with anxiety, depression, behaviour problems and general information about how to maintain good mental health during the COVID -19 crisis.
While we are not able to meet you face to face, we can organise to speak with you over the phone, zoom or skype. You are also able to fill out the online referral form to request a service from us.
For most people it is about being able to do the things that allow you to live your life in a satisfying way. For example; being able to work and study, go to school, cope with day to day life stresses.
Children and young people go through many changes as they grow up and sometimes raising sensitive issues and resolving problems along the way can be challenging for them and for their parents or carers. For children and young people, it can be a little more difficult to know if there may be a mental health issue emerging or if the behaviour is normal.
The Strong Minds Program is a free early intervention program for children and young people 0-18 years. We are a team of qualified and skilled case workers, we work with the child, young person, parents or carers, to assess what is happening and what supports and services could be put in place to assist.
Some of the areas we can help with are:
Not adjusting to school
Establishing routines in daily life
Referral to professionals and other services
We also run groups at times to strengthen children’s and young people protective factors and to help build resilience. Some of these are; Rhythm to Recovery, Circle of Security, Love Bites, Seasons for Growth, Rock and Water, DRUMBEAT and others.
Interpreters are available for our service
How do I get a case worker to help?
A referral form will need to be sent to us to review to make sure we are the right service for you. This can be filled out by the person needing support, parent, carer, school counsellor or a government or non-government support person. Or, if you want the support for your child or young person, birth to 18 years, you can phone us to discuss your referral on 9646 5516 between 9 am – 5 pm weekdays.Once we have processed the referral, we will be in touch to conduct an assessment so that we can work out together what the plan should be for your child or young person.