The team at the Dubbo Primary and Community Health Centre rocked their best superhero gear on Thursday for Even Superheroes Need a Mental Health Day Sometimes.
Dubbo Primary and Community Health Provisional Psychologist Kristy Cleary said by supporting the awareness day they hope to point the attention of parents as well as the general public in the direction on mental health, specifically among children and young people.
"We want people to take away mental health awareness, for children and adolescents as well as older people," Mrs Cleary said.
"We also want to aid in normalising mental health, there's a lot of people with mental health concerns, so it's important that we drive towards breaking down the stigma, and we also want to draw attention to mental health strategies."
Colleague Cate Dean said it is especially nice to encourage parents to be more aware of Mental Health wellbeing among youth now given the impacts of COVID-19.
"It would be nice for parents to be more aware with how they're children are feeling and how aware they are," Mrs Dean said.
"The impact COVID-19 has on people's mental health will be ongoing and world issues will continue to affect people.
"It's also important that they know there's resources out there."
Mrs Cleary said some signs parents can look out for to help establish if they're child may need help include changes in their behaviour which is different to developmental changes.
"Other signs include struggling to do day-to-day things, changes in sleeping and eating habits, changes within friendship groups and overall distress."
Dubbo Primary and Community Health colleague Claire Davis said; "you always go to the doctor when you are sick, so why isn't it the same with going to the psychologist when you need help."
Mrs Cleary said anyone with mental health concerns regarding themselves or their children should contact their GP.
"It's also important that children know to inform a trusted adult if they are experiencing distress," she said.
For help and assistance:
- If you have concerns regarding your child's mental wellbeing you can contact the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.
- Those between the ages of 12 and 25-years can seek help at headspace by calling 5852 1900.
- Adults in distress can seek help by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14.
- Those with concerns are also advised to contact their local GP immediately.
- Do you have something to say? We welcome your letters which may run in print and online.