What are some other supports for families?
Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia to achieve their best possible mental health. The service supports people experiencing depression, anxiety or who are just going through a difficult time. The phone service 1300 224 636 operates 24/7, while the website offers online chat, email support and online forums.
Healthdirect is a national, government-owned, not-for-profit organisation supporting Australians in managing their own health and wellbeing. Healthdirect offers a range of virtual health services, including information, health advice (via their Symptom Checker), a service finder and a free helpline (1800 022 222).
Kids Helpline is a free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for children aged 5–12 years and young adults aged 18–25 years. Qualified counsellors are available via phone on 1800 551 800 or via chat or email.
Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing emotional distress with access to 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services. Help is available via phone on 13 11 14 or via chat or text.
Parentline is a confidential telephone service providing professional counselling and support in Queensland and the Northern Territory. Available via phone on 1300 301 300.
Raising Children Network is a comprehensive and trusted online resource for parenting information. Their website includes information on children’s health and wellbeing across the ages. It includes videos, fact sheets and downloadable toolkits on child development, behavioural problems and health issues.
Where can I go for further information on higher weight and related topics?
Confident Body, Confident Child is an evidence-based resource that offers parenting strategies to help you promote positive body image, healthy eating and physical activity in children aged 2–6 years. It aims to support and guide you to create an environment in which your children can develop body satisfaction and healthy eating patterns. It was developed for use in early childhood, but the ideas will also be valuable for older children.
This resource from the Raising Children Network offers guidance on building self-esteem in children aged 1–8 years.
Butterfly Foundation is the national charity for all Australians impacted by eating disorders and body image issues, and for the families, friends and communities who support them. The foundation provides innovative, evidence-based support services, treatment and resources, delivers prevention and early intervention programs, and advocates for the needs of our community.
The National Eating Disorders Collaboration is a government initiative that aims to apply a consistent, evidenced-based approach to the prevention and treatment of eating disorders. It provides information on eating disorders and support for people living in larger bodies. The website explains eating disorders, including prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery. Support is available on 1800 334 673
This resource from UK organisation Kidscape provides practical advice around bullying.
This resource from the Raising Children Network offers guidance on supporting your school-aged child (5–8 years) if they’re experiencing bullying.