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Articles about Mental health

Woman posing with her son, both wearing protective masks

COVID job loss and stress impact families

A third of Australian mums experiencing disadvantage have suffered job or income loss and stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. MCRI Professor Sharon Goldfeld says the economic and healthcare needs of women and children living in adversity must be prioritised.

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The importance of healthy sleep

Healthy sleep is critical due to the rapid growth and development in early childhood. Dan Fernandez, a nurse and PhD student at University of Queensland’s Institute for Social Science Research examines what healthy sleep looks like and how to get it.

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Masks and isolation: Impact on children

Children across Australia are dealing with a very unnatural situation and Dr Michael Nagel says this might lead many parents to wonder how isolation, social distancing and masks may hinder their child's social development and mental health.

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Father with sick child

Taking care of a seriously ill child

Caring for a sick child is something all families go through. But taking care of a serious or chronically ill child means not only dealing with your child’s needs, but processing your own emotions while dealing with the rest of the family’s wellbeing.

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Supporting a child with a sick parent

Communicating the news of an ill parent to a child can be challenging. Families might be caught between wanting to give children information, but stopping short of giving them too much. Professor Kerry Sherman shares some advice based on a child's age.

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New born baby with his mother

Invisible mums: Why new mums feel neglected

Motherhood is a time when new mums need support and understanding, but attention is often on the baby. Fathers also aren’t immune from the cloak of invisibility. So how do we support new parents and ensure they're not lost to the newborn spotlight?

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Family Man: Involving dads in parenting

Having both parents involved in parenting programs leads to better outcomes for children and parents. Men’s mental charity Movember is supporting dads with the world’s first online parenting program aimed at increasing the participation of fathers.

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Mothers with babies in the background.

Parents – tough on ourselves and others

Why do parents feel so criticised – by others, and themselves? For many adults, a surprise is the degree to which others have opinions about our parenting. Professor Marc de Rosnay says there’s one other critic parents should be aware of: themselves.

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