Mental health and wellbeing for families
I have been working with families for more than three decades. My interest in child mental health and wellbeing and the role parenting plays started when I became a mother. Parenting can sometimes be challenging and I wanted to find out more about the causes of my children’s behaviour and my own behaviour as a parent.
Through my work with Psychological services group and Centre for emotion-focussed practice I work with parents, children and teenagers to support good mental health and wellbeing. I also specialise in working with families concerned about parenting a suicidal young person including suicide prevention, risk and bereavement.
I have a masters in suicidology and have also written a book – Keeping our Kids Alive, Parenting a suicidal young person – which explains exactly what it means to be a parent of a teenager who is struggling with suicidal thoughts and behaviours and how to help. I also run a Facebook page where I share information to help parents support their teen’s mental health and wellbeing.
When it comes to seeing a psychologist, it’s normal to feel nervous or unsure about taking that first step. If this sounds familiar, this video about what happens during a first session with a client may be helpful.
I also contribute my expertise to news articles about child mental health and wellbeing. You may find the following articles of interest:
- ‘Sorting ‘red flags’ from run-of-the-mill chaos at a childcare centre’
- What it’s like taking your toddler to therapy
- The worrying mental health trend affecting Australians
- Engaged dads improve children’s wellbeing