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How do I support my child who may be feeling anxious?


It is normal for children to feel worried or frightened about COVID-19 and the changes to their usual routine. They will likely turn to their parents for reassurance during this time.  The Child Mind Institute suggests that children are more likely to worry if they are kept in the dark so parents may want to encourage children to talk to them about their concerns.  

Remember that it is important to take care of your own mental wellbeing and if you are feeling anxious take time out to calm yourself before talking with your children.  There are many resources available that provide practical advice on how to manage your own feelings of anxiety during coronavirus. 

Head to Health has practical psychological tips for coping with the stress of COVID-19   

Reach Out has ten ways to take care of yourself during coronavirus.  

Beyond Blue has a dedicated Coronavirus Mental Health Wellbeing Support Service available here or on 1800 512 348.

The Child Mind Institute has many resources on how to talk to children about coronavirus.  

Tips for talking with your child with autism about the coronavirus

Supporting Kids During Coronavirus  

Supporting teenagers and young adults during COVID-19 

Parentline is available across each state and territory: 

  • Parentline Queensland and the Northern Territory contact 1300 30 1300 or here
  • Parentline New South Wales contact 1300 1300 52 or here
  • Parentline Victoria contact 13 22 89 or here 
  • Parentline Helpline South Australia contact 1300 364 100 or here 
  • Ngala Parenting Line WA contact 1800 111 546 or (08) 9368 9368 or here 
  • Parentline ACT contact (02) 6287 3833 or here
  • Parentline Tasmania contact 1300 808 178 

Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800 for 24/7 telephone counselling for young people aged 5 to 25 years old. 

Lifeline on 13 11 14 for 24/7 crisis telephone support.

If you or your children are feeling unsafe or experiencing domestic or family violence, you can access information, counselling and support through 1800RESPECT website or call 1800 737 732. 1800RESPECT are open 24 hours a day during COVID-19.

If you believe you are in immediate danger, please contact the Police in your State on 000.

Are you in a crisis?

  • If you are in immediate danger 

    call 000

  • 1800RESPECT - 24/7 domestic and family violence service:
    1800 737 732
  • Lifeline - 24/7 crisis support:
    13 11 14
  • MensLine - 24/7 telephone and online counselling for men:
    1300 78 99 78