How can SAFEMinds help me support my child?

The wellbeing of children and young people is supported when teachers, parents and carers have improved knowledge and skills in knowing how to recognise, respond to and support them when they experience mental health concerns. It is this partnership between the school and the family that is essential in ensuring children and young people can make the most of their educational opportunities.

Parents and carers also have a duty of care to inform the school if they have concerns for their child or if circumstances at school are affecting their child’s mental health. To assist with this, SAFEMinds: At Home was developed for parents and carers to provide them with a variety of information and resources that will assist them to identify, inquire and take appropriate action to reach out for support if they are concerned about their child.

SAFEMinds also encourages schools to engage, communicate and assist their parent and carer community to understand their role in supporting their child’s mental health and wellbeing; and connect them with their school and local community resources when needed.

SAFEMinds Online

SAFEMinds Online is an immersive, video-based experience that utilises case studies of children, young people, their families and teachers to develop the knowledge and understanding of the whole school community about the many different forms of emotional distress they may experience, as well as how they might present. The videos are based on broad clinical experience and do not depict the stories of actual people.

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Dylan's story

Dylan seems to have dropped-out of life, preferring the internet to socialising and sleep. How much more can his mum take? Help her to make the best choices to support Dylan.

This story is fictional and not based on any individual’s experiences, however the content may arouse strong emotions in some viewers. If distressed, please contact Lifeline 131114.

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Zoe's story

She was excited about a sleepover at her best friend's house, so her mum was a little surprised when she came home early. Help Zoe's mum understand what's going on.

This story is fictional and not based on any individual’s experiences, however the content may arouse strong emotions in some viewers. If distressed, please contact Lifeline 131114.

Resources for parents and carers

SAFEMinds: At Home provides a range of information for families to help them support their child’s mental health and wellbeing including; a parent and carer forum presentation on how to use the SAFEMinds: At Home, case study videos, tip sheets and practical resources.

Using the resources

Your child’s school may or may not have a SAFEMinds Champion who is formally trained in the SAFEMinds program. If you are unsure, reach out to the school’s wellbeing team to find out if the SAFEMinds program is being implemented across the whole school community.

If you have been introduced to SAFEMinds: At Home through your school, you may consider exploring the resource library commencing with watching the Parent Information Session video to learn about the program and how these resources were designed to support you to support your child. From there, have a read of the Notice and Inquire Tip Sheets, and the remaining resources on this page.

If you have any questions about the application of the application of these resources, get in touch with the wellbeing or counselling team at your child’s school.

SAFEMinds: At Home Information Sheet

Learn about the information and resources available to parents and carers.

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SAFEMinds Parent Resources Poster

Information about national support services available for children, young people and their parents and carers.

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NOTICE Tip Sheet (for families)

What changes in mood and behaviour should I look out for at home?

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INQUIRE Tip Sheet (for families)

How can I inquire sensitively and appropriately at home?

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Safe and Healthy Bodies - Sleep Fact Sheet

Information about sleep hygiene for children and young people.

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Safe and Healthy Bodies - Diet Fact Sheet

Information about healthy eating for children and young people.

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Safe and Healthy Bodies - Exercise Fact Sheet

Information about exercising for children and young people.

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Safe and Healthy Minds - POOCH Overview

Learn how to apply the POOCH problem solving process to different contexts.

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Safe and Healthy Minds - POOCH Template

Use this template to work through the POOCH problem solving process.

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SAFEMinds: At Home - Translated Resources

Access the Notice and Inquire Tip Sheets (for families) in languages other than English.

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Contact your child's school wellbeing team to learn more about the SAFEMinds program in your state or territory.

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