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Triple P joins FNQ, NQ and CQ families to boost kids’ emotional wellbeing

Triple P - Positive Parenting Program experts will join parents and carers in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, and Rockhampton next week for a series of face-to-face seminars, offering practical, and easy-to-use tools to support local children and young people to build emotional resilience and develop better coping skills for future life success.

 Triple P International psychologist, Dr Michael Herd, said that regional Queensland families are experiencing greater levels of anxiety and stress because of the compounding nature of the pandemic, natural disasters, and the global outlook.

“Pre-pandemic, there was a higher prevalence of mental health disorders among North Queensland children and youth aged 4-17 years compared to the national average1. Since the pandemic, depression and anxiety is likely to have doubled in children globally2,” Dr Herd said.

“Triple P wants to support mums, dads, and carers so they can teach their children how to effectively manage anxiety, cyber bullying, and other concerns.

“Children thrive when parents and carers are supported with a range of strategies to suit the individual needs of their family and the various developmental stages of childhood and adolescence.

“Thanks to generous state government funding, parents and carers are being invited to attend free Triple P seminars that offer tools to help their child build resilience and copy better with uncertainty,” he said.

The Raising Resilient Children: emotional wellbeing & cyber safety seminar helps with strengthening relationships between parents and children; developing strategies to deal with life’s challenges; problem-solving on how to stay safe and manage risks online; knowing what actions to take if your child is being bullied online; and helping your child cope with stress and setbacks and stay positive.

The Fear-Less Triple P seminar provides parents and carers with the skills to learn new ways of helping your child manage challenges, overcome anxiety, and be more confident and resilient,” Dr Herd said.

"You can also hear from Parentline's Cyberbullying Consultant, Aaliyah Talukdar, who'll be part of our Triple P Raising Resilient Children (Focus on Emotional Wellbeing and Cybersafety) Seminars. Aaliyah's role is to give information and resources to families about supporting young people’s online wellbeing (in general, and if they're exposed to negative online experiences)."

Parents and carers can register for the seminars at www.triplep-parenting.net – under ‘Find a Session’.
Also on this website: free, 24/7, online parenting support via Triple P’s online programs - Fear-Less Triple P Online, Triple P Online, and Teen Triple P Online, plus a guide to parenting during COVID-19.

The details of the free Triple P parenting seminars are below:

MON 16th MAY - CAIRNS

  • 9am - Fear-less Triple P Seminar - Edge Hill State School
  • 5pm – Raising Resilient Children (emotional wellbeing & cyber safety focus) Triple P Seminar – Caravonica State School

TUE 17th MAY – TOWNSVILLE

  • 3pm – Raising Resilient Children (emotional wellbeing & cyber safety focus) Triple P Seminar – Annandale State School
  • 6.30pm – Fear-Less Triple P Seminar – The Willows State School

WED 18th MAY – MACKAY

  • 1pm - Raising Resilient Children (emotional wellbeing & cyber safety focus) Triple P Seminar – Andergrove Community Hall - hosted by Julieanne Gilbert MP
  • 6.30pm – Fear-Less Triple P Seminar – Pioneer State High School Theatre - hosted by Julieanne Gilbert, MP

THUR 19th MAY – ROCKHAMPTON

  • 1pm - Fear-less Triple P Seminar – Frenchville State School
  • 6.30pm - Raising Resilient Children (emotional wellbeing & cyber safety focus) Triple P Seminar – Yeppoon Town Hall - hosted by Brittany Lauga MP

 

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MEDIA CONTACT: Cate Kennedy, Public Relations Manager – 0477 286 557 or cate.kennedy@triplep.net


1 Northern Queensland Primary Health Network. (2021). Health needs assessment. https://www.nqphn.com.au/sites/default/files/2020- 09/NQPHN%20Health%20Needs%20Assessment%20%28HNA%29%202019-2022.pdf

2 Racine, N., McArthur, B. A., Cooke, J. E., Eirich, R., Zhu, J., & Madigan, S. (2021). Global prevalence of depressive and anxiety symptoms in children and adolescents during COVID-19: a meta-analysis. JAMA pediatrics. Published online August 9, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapediatrics.2021.2482.