Resources for Families


Baby cues: What are they trying to say? 

Babies thrive on engaging with their families who support them to gradually learn about the world around them. This resource developed by COCOON contains: 

  • tips on how to recognise when your baby is ready to engage 
  • how to get the most out of your shared interactions 
  • how to tell when your baby is tired or disinterested and just needs to be settled again 

RCH Kids Health Information fact sheet: Mental health – infants and young children  

This resource includes information on:  

  • signs of social or emotional concerns in a baby, toddler or young child 
  • things that can affect mental health in infants and toddlers 
  • how parents can help build resilience in children 

Raising Children’s Network guide: Good mental health for babies and toddlers 

This guide for families includes the following key points: 

  • good mental health is important for baby/toddler development and wellbeing 
  • how parents/carers can lay the foundations for good mental health from birth 
  • strong relationships, play and safe environments are key to good mental health in babies/toddlers 
  • looking after yourself is an important part of supporting mental health in young children 
  • seeking professional help if you’re concerned about your child’s behaviour, development or wellbeing 

Raising Childrens Network Raising Healthy Minds app 

This free app for families answers questions about child wellbeing and shares practical tips for day-to-day family life. Parents/carers can tailor to their child, family and interests. 

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Acknowledgement of Country

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At Mental Health Central we acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live, gather and work. We recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

We acknowledge all people with a lived or living experience of mental ill-health and recovery. At the Campus, we particularly acknowledge children, young people, families, carers, and supporters. We recognise their vital contribution and value the courage of those who share this unique perspective for the purpose of learning and growing together to achieve better outcomes for the Campus, staff, sector, and all people of lived experience.

Proudly supported by the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation