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Helping Children and Young People Cope

Helping Children and Young People Cope

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Helping childrenand young peoplecope with crisis
Information for parentsand caregivers
 
Original content compiled by Ruth Wraith and Australian Red Cross (2010). Australian Red Crossacknowledges the use of material from ‘What Parents Can Do: Helping Children and AdolescentsCope With Violence and Disasters’ published by the National Institute of Mental Health, USA(2006). This resource was originally developed with the generous support of the Alfred FeltonBequest and ANZ Trustees Program, Charitable Purposes in Victoria - Ruth Watchorn Estate,Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Community Enterprise Foundation and Eldon & Anne Foote Trust of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. Red Cross thanks the parents and young people affectedby emergencies who shared their stories in the development of this booklet. Thank you also to theagencies and mental health professionals who assisted in the consultation and drafting stages of the project. All people featured in photographs have consented to the use of their image in RedCross resources.Cover photo credit: Australian Red Cross / Rodney Dekker & Australian Red Cross / Tim Lofthouse This booklet uses the term ‘parent’ when referring to the primary caregiver/s. This may also include family members or other close or trusted adults. The words ‘child’ and ‘children’ are used when referring to all young people aged 0-25 years.
This booklet is designed to:

Some words of encouragement:

 A little early help cansave a lot of heartache.
1. Stress and trauma 52. Loss and grief 63. Reactions: 5 years and under 84. Reactions: 6 to 11 years 105. Reactions: 12 to 18 years 126. Reactions: 18 to 25 years 147. Sleep 168. Looking after yourself 189. Helping children cope 2010. The media 2211. Suggested activities 2412. When and where to get help 28
Contents

 
Sometimes children have experiences which are very demanding, challenging or overwhelming.


 relationship breakdowns

 The impact may be mild or severe and may damage the child’spsychological health and emotional wellbeing, causing stressor trauma.


 terrifying, or overwhelming event

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
 and painful feelings.


 have any concerning reactions at all;

 appropriate understanding and support;

 after the event;

 and discover new strengths or skills;

 indicator of how a child will cope.
1. Stress and trauma
Everyone reactsdifferently andrecovers intheir own way.There is no rightor wrong.Some childrenwill be fine.Others maydevelop anew senseof resilienceand strength.Recovery canbe quick andstraightforward.Occasionally,it can be morecomplex andtake longer.
Trauma can happenafter a single eventor experience.Trauma can alsooccur if stress buildsup over time.
But remember not allstressful situationscause trauma.
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