Mental Health & Wellbeing

Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing at home

Positive mental health and wellbeing is important for your child’s healthy development and learning. It supports them to manage the normal challenges of life.

Environments, experiences, relationships, and individual characteristics all contribute to mental health and wellbeing.

For children and teens, wellbeing is supported when they:

  • feel valued, loved and safe
  • have their basic material needs met
  • have physical, mental, emotional and social health
  • can learn (in and outside the classroom)
  • participate in decision-making
  • are connected to their community
  • have a positive sense of identity and culture.
  • Mental health exists on a continuum

It can be helpful to think of mental health and mental ill-health as existing along a continuum.

We all move along the continuum as we face challenges and situations that test our capacity to cope and change our mental health. Our mental health can change slowly or quickly.


Most people will experience changes in their mental health at some point during their lifetime. Social, emotional, and environmental factors all influence our position along the continuum. Learn more about the mental health continuum.

Even if someone isn’t experiencing mental ill-health, that doesn’t mean their mental health is flourishing. Alternatively, it is possible to be diagnosed with a mental illness and still feel well and function effectively in many aspects of life.


Supporting your child’s wellbeing at home

As parents and carers, you’re already doing lots of things to support your child’s mental health and wellbeing. You can continue to protect your child’s mental health and wellbeing by developing and promoting:

  • healthy sleeping habits
  • healthy eating habits
  • physical activity
  • strong and nurturing relationships
  • positive self-talk and providing praise, encouragement
  • mindfulness, kindness and gratitude
  • social and emotional skills
  • help seeking.

For a range of videos and articles backed by Australian experts on how to support your child’s mental health, visit Raising Children Network.


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