Mental health awareness is a key component of any child’s well-being, and many parents choose to take proactive steps to help their children become more aware of their mental health.
Parents often ask how to get started, and what to expect when their children are growing up, so it’s important to understand how important it is to understand the mental and emotional wellbeing of your child.
But before you begin any discussion about mental health, you should also understand how it’s managed in your own home.
How mental health can be managed differently across different types of homes Mental health care can vary across different kinds of homes, and this is why it’s a good idea to discuss any possible challenges and concerns with your doctor.
For instance, some children who live in single-parent homes may not be able to access care if their parents are not able to attend to them.
In other cases, parents may be more comfortable sharing the responsibility of mental health care.
You may also be asked to help manage the children’s behaviour, so your doctor can take a holistic approach to understanding what your child is experiencing.
A mental health professional may also look at your child’s behaviour or wellbeing to see if there are problems or concerns, such as anxiety, depression or self-harm.
If you suspect that your child has been the victim of abuse, your child may need to be reassessed.
When you and your child share the same type of home, you may be asked questions about the relationship, such the children are sharing a bedroom or dining room.
If your child shares a shared bathroom, this could include questions about whether your child will be required to clean up after themselves.
The same question will also apply to the amount of time they spend in the shared area, such if they spend less time in the house and more time with friends.
The mental health profession will work with you to understand your child and help you determine how best to support your child in her or his recovery.
If a child is being referred to a mental health specialist, you’ll be asked whether the child has a mental illness.
If not, the child may be referred to an experienced clinician or psychologist who will assess the child’s needs and work with the child to understand what needs are best met.
Your child may also need help managing the stress of life in the home, so you should discuss the best ways to manage these issues with your child before you decide to refer them to a specialist.
If the child is referred to another health professional, it may be necessary for them to do some personal assessments and assessment tasks before they can be assessed by a mental healthcare professional.
If there is a diagnosis, you and the doctor will need to agree how to proceed with the assessment and treatment.
In some cases, it might be appropriate to discuss these issues before you refer the child for further treatment.
However, this may not always be possible, and you should consult with your family doctor if you have concerns about a specific child’s mental health needs.
If an issue is not resolved through this process, the next step is to refer the matter to the National Child and Family Services (NFCS) referral centre.
You can also refer the case to the Queensland Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit (QCAMHU) referral unit.
QCAM, the referral unit for the state of Queensland, provides the first-line services for children and young people.
The referral centre is in Brisbane, and it operates by referral.
You will be contacted by the referral centre and given a contact number.
Your referral will be reviewed and your case will be referred from the referral team to the NICU.
There, your case manager will assess your child for mental health and make an initial assessment.
If it’s determined that the child needs further assessment, the NICUs specialist will provide further advice, including a referral to a psychologist.
The NICU referral team is responsible for helping families understand what is happening with their children, and for making sure that the best outcomes are reached for each child.
You’ll be referred back to the referral referral centre for further assessment.
A referral will last for a maximum of 24 months.
After your referral is made, the individual you referred to will be assessed and the referral will continue.
The Child and Youth Mental Health Team will support the child and family with the following issues: coping skills, communication, and peer support;