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Dealing with a crisis - helping children deal with a crisis

crisis; stress; loss; changes; distress; grief; disasters ;

When we have stress in our lives it is often a time when we make changes for the better. However, if we get too stressed and feel we cannot cope any more, then we are in crisis.

In a crisis, children need to feel safe and know that there is someone they can rely on. They have similar feelings to adults but may show their distress in actions rather than words.

Children learn about coping from how they see their parents dealing with a crisis.

To find out more

Have a look at the Parent Easy Guide Dealing with a crisis  written by Parenting SA a partnership between the Department for Education and the Women’s and Children’s Health Network (South Australia). 

Want more information?

Lifeline Phone 13 11 14, 24 hours Crisis support, suicide prevention and mental health support

Kids Helpline Phone 1800 55 1800 A confidential counselling service for children and young people 5 to 25 years  

Reach Out Provides information, tools and support for young people dealing with everyday troubles or tough times 

KidsMatter Information for parents and schools about managing trauma 

Australian Red Cross Has resources for parents and schools on supporting children to deal with crises

Parenting SA For more Parent Easy Guides, e.g. ‘Coping skills’, ‘Grief and loss’, ‘Children’s mental health’, ‘Bedwetting’ and ‘Sleep disturbance’ 
Printed versions of the Parent Easy Guides are free in South Australia

Raising Children Network For information on raising children

Resources in South Australia

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) 
Free therapy services for children and families. For more information about CAMHS services and other country office locations see CAMHS brochures or phone the Women’s and Children’s Hospital on 8161 7000.

Child and Family Health Centres
Phone 1300 733 606 9am–4.30pm Mon–Fri For an appointment at your local Centre

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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).

This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex.

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