Mental Health & Additions Links and Support

Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4626 – 24/7 www.beyound.org.au/getsupport Anxiety & Depression talk it through with us. Beyondblue offers support and information to every person in Australia regardless of age gender background or location. The good news is that just like physical conditions anxiety and depression can be treated. MIFQ – Mental Illness Fellowship Queensland KNOW – CONNECT – LEARN  Our Sunshine Coast support groups are places were you can meet and connect with other people affected by mental illness. They offer practical assistance information and connections to the local community. Ph: (07) 54720529 E: sunshinecoast@migq.org.au CHIME – Connections Hope Identity Meaning Empowerment Direct support services for people to increase their independence and connections. Chime enables you to build the skills you need to better navigate your way around the community increasing your independence and connectedness. You can build the tools to meet new people develop the confidence to determine your future and manage your lifestyle and wellbeing with the CHIME program. Nambour Ph: (07) 5348 9100 Gympie (07) 1800 786227 HOPE – The Salvation Army – 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) Addiction Rehabilitation – If your struggling with alcohol drugs or gambling our addiction rehab centres can help. We’re one of Australias largest providers of detox and recovery services. We’ve been helping people find freedom from addiction for more than a 100 years. Whatever your situation we’ve got a service that can be tailored to meet your needs. Rehab from home If you’re not in a position to stay with us, we offer a number of out-client and day-program services to support your recovery whilst you remain living...

Helpful links for children with special needs..

Wonder Moms provides many helpful tips…thanks Christy for sending us all the following links. wondermoms.org. Tenants Rights and Housing Assistance for the Disabled https://www.justgreatlawyers.com/renters-rights-and-housing-assistance-for-people-with-disabilities Managing Your Child’s Transition to Adulthood http://www.mychildwithoutlimits.org/act/life-planning/managing-your-childs-transition-to-adulthood/ Transition to Adulthood: Home Remodeling for Young Adults with Special Needs https://www.bigrentz.com/how-to-guides/home-modifications-young-adults-special-needs Special Needs Checklist: How Disability-Friendly is Your City? https://www.yourstoragefinder.com/special-needs-checklist-how-disability-friendly-is-your-city Vocational Training for Adults with Special Needs...

Mental Health First Aid – “World Mental Health Day 10th October”

Mental Health First Aid ACTION PLAN AGLEE A pproach, assess and assist with any crisis L isten non-judgementally E ncourage appropriate professional help E ncourage other supports The MHFA courses teach you how to give mental health first aid using the Action Plan. MHFA courses can provide members of the community with: Skills in how to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems; Knowledge of the possible causes or risk factors for these mental health problems; Awareness of the evidenced based medical, psychological and alternative treatments available; Skills in how to give appropriate initial help and support someone experiencing a mental health problem; Skills in how to take appropriate action if a crisis situation arises involving suicidal behaviour, panic attack, stress reaction to trauma, overdose or threatening psychotic behaviour. Help someone you care about today ... https://mhfa.com.au/...

AUSTRALIAN CHILDHOOD FOUNDATION

The Australian Childhood Foundation works to save children from the trauma of child abuse, neglect and family violence in these ways: Our trauma teams help children families, carers and support professionals throughout Australia, including remote and regional areas. Their collaboration with a network of adults and organisations focuses on creating an environment dedicated to the recovery and healing of children traumatised by abuse, neglect and family violence. Help us to reclaim children’s most important possession: their childhood. Your donation will help us to ensure we can continue to support abused children to heal. https://netcommunity.childhood.org.au/donate Why We Exist Abuse costs the community up to $30 billion dollars a year. The Impact of abuse is life-long and affects us all. Traumatised children suffer throughout their lives, long after the abuse itself has stopped. Abuse and neglect impacts the brains of young children, shaping their behaviour and reactions to the world around them , leaving them ill-equipped to manage the demands of adulthood . Without specialist help and protection, the experience of abuse can become the starting point for a lifetime of struggle, confusion, conflict and breakdown. It can lead to depression, drug and alcohol addiction, violence, crime,mental illness and youth and adult suicide. The experience of child abuse and family violence rocks the very core of children. It undermines their self confidence and eats away at their self esteem. It makes them feel worthless and unlovable. Heart Felt a collection of children’s experiences and stories of abuse, recovery and hope The experience of child abuse and family violence rocks the very core of children. The abuse itself is often accompanied with messages that reinforce children’s vulnerability. They are often told that the abuse is their fault. They are told...

10 Tips For Coping With A Hyperactive Child

How To Help Children With Hyperactivity Problem By Lisa Fritscher Published September 12, 2007 http://www.lifescript.com/well-being/articles/0/10_tips_for_coping_with_a_hyperactive_child.aspx Coping with a hyperactive child can be tough. A hyperactive child can seem unstable, bouncing from activity to activity with seemingly limitless energy. He or she may appear to have difficulty listening or following directions. He may perform poorly in school, getting less than acceptable grades and demonstrating behavioral problems. While there is no right answer to handling a hyperactive child, following a few tips can make coping with a hyperactive child a bit easier to bear. Establish Order Many parents prefer to maintain a loose and relaxed household without an overabundance of rules. This laid back parenting style works well for many children. Hyperactive children, however, tend to have trouble in unclear environments. If you are coping with a hyperactive child, keep the household running in a clear and ordered manner. In this way, the child will know what is expected of him from day to day. Choose your Battles It is important that you decide which issues are worth fighting. A hyperactive child is not a “bad kid.” Hyperactivity is caused by a psychological disorder known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This is a problem with brain chemistry that affects the brain’s ability to pass information between brain cells. Therefore, it is not simply a matter of getting the child to see reason. Living within the constraints of daily life will be a struggle for him, so focus on the issues that truly matter and let other areas slide. Break Down Complex Instructions It is difficult for a child with ADHD to...

Twelve facts about child injury in Australia

CHILD ACCIDENT PREVENTION FOUNDATION OF AUSTRALIA Information for parents and caregivers – Kidsafe SA Inc. • September 2010 www.kidsafesa.com.au fact: one Unintentional child injuries are a major public health issue in Australia. Most can be prevented. Preventable injuries are higher amongst children compared with other age groups (ABS 2007). fact: two In 2005–2006, 22,865 children 0–4 years of age were admitted to hospital for injury across Australia. This was second only to admissions to hospital for respiratory conditions. Hospital isolation rates were higher for boys than girls. Hospitalisation rates for falls and poisonings were higher for children living in rural and remote communities, compared to children living in metropolitan areas (1.5 times greater for falls and 1.9 times greater for poisoning) (AIHW 2008). fact: three More children die from injury in Australia (36%), than from cancer (19%) and diseases of the nervous system combined (11%) (ABS 2006). fact: four – The main causes of child deaths from unintentional injury are: – Transport related (car crashes and driveway run-overs). – Drowning (in particular swimming pools). – Unsafe sleeping environments.  – Strangulation/suffocation (entrapment in a cabinet, strangulation by a window blind cord). – Crush injuries (large objects falling onto a child). fact: five Success has been achieved in injury reduction in Australia in a number of areas, with the number of child deaths declining by approximately 60% since 1983 (AIHW 2005). This reduction provides evidence that dramatic success in reducing child injuries and deaths is possible through the use of multiple strategies. These have included legislative changes, environmental changes, community action, information, education and training. There is still much work to be done. fact: six There is a strong association between age of a child, developmental stage, how the child interacts with their environment, the type of...