Resource Summary

Every parent has skills and strengths they draw on to help them in their role. But when a parent is experiencing mental health difficulties, it can be harder for them to access these skills, especially during times of stress. This can place a strain on the parenting role and their relationship with their child, which can in turn impact the child’s mental health and development.

This learning pathway is designed for practitioners working in adult services with parents, including birthing parents, where mental health difficulties, isolation, disadvantage and adversity continue to significantly impact upon them.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that the resources in this learning pathway may contain imagery, audio or names of people who have passed away.

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