04-01-2019 12:18 PM
Parenting can be one of the most challenging jobs regardless of circumstance, balancing our own needs alongside the needs of our children is no easy feat. Every person deserves adequate resources and support when raising a child. With this in mind, for parents navigating alongside the challenges of mental health, everyday issues can be somewhat amplified.
Join us for this Topic Tuesday where we will have a very special guest stopping by from Parentline, who will help us unpack the notion of Parenting with Mental Health challenges.
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15-01-2019 06:59 PM
Hi all and welcome to tonight's Topic Tuesday - Parenting with Mental Health Challenges Tonight we’re going to talk about our own experiences of managing the peaks and troughs of maintaining positive connection with our children whilst balancing our mental wellbeing.
We are super lucky tonight to have a special guest from Parentline Australia @BelleParentline, who will introduce herself once we kick off!
We will get going in about ten minutes once everyone has settled in. Extra special welcome to those of you who wanted a reminder about tonight's discussion -
15-01-2019 07:10 PM
Let's get moving with the Discussion Topics
For this topic tonight our special guest is @BelleParentline, one of the wonderful phone counsellor’s at Parentline Australia who has been supporting those in need for 3 years at Parentline and 6 years in the industry.
In terms of tonight’s structure, I’ll be posting some questions every 10 or so minutes for Belle and yourselves to contribute to. This is an awesome chance to learn from Belle and from other members. So please join in and share your own questions too!
To start us off I’ll get Belle to introduce herself and share a little about her experience...
15-01-2019 07:13 PM
Hi all, this is Belle here! It is so lovely to be here and a part of this brilliant forum. Thanks very much to you all and to @nashy for having me. Here is a little about me! I am currently working as a Parentline counsellor for yourtown in Queensland. Yourtown runs services such as Parentline QLD + NT on 1300 30 1300 (see www.parentline.com.au/other-support-services for the Parentline in your state), and Kids Helpline. I have had the privilege of being a yourtown counsellor for over 3 years now, and have been working with children, teens, and adults for the past 6 years. Over the years I have supported parents with many challenges, including co-parenting, separation/divorce, parenting strategies, and the challenges of balancing parenthood with mental health (needless to say, a timely topic!). At Parentline I work with parents across technology mediums such as email, web chat, phone and social media. Previously, I have worked in schools supporting young children through counselling and Play Therapy, and providing psychoeducation and support to their families. I continue to work extensively with children, teens and young adults around a myriad of issues including mental health, being a carer, family conflict, bullying and crisis support. I began my undergraduate studies in Psychology (Bachelor of Behavioural Science), moving to a Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychology, and then a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am extremely passionate about supporting families as a whole, and feel very honoured to hear people’s stories. Fun Fact: When I was younger I wanted to either be a Marine Biologist or a Counsellor. While the movie, Jaws, may have helped steer me in the right direction, people are definitely a lot more awesome to work with!
15-01-2019 07:22 PM
Parenting is both an incredibly rewarding albeit very challenging experience for any person. Balancing the symptoms of mental health presentation can provide an extra layer of complexities throughout the journey.
What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of recovering from mental illness whilst parenting?
15-01-2019 07:27 PM
@nashyThis is a good question! The life of a parent can be a busy and demanding one! You can be juggling so many potential stressors all at once. These could include work, family commitments, finances, and keeping up with your child’s school routine and social activities. All this on top of trying to look after your own mental health. Things can understandably become overwhelming at times, and our needs can be the first to hit the backburner. For so many parents, striking that balance between meeting your needs, as well as families, can be difficult. Try to take notice when you are starting to feel overwhelmed (don’t wait till you’re there!), and consider what you need to help self-care. This could be catching up on some shut eye for 30 minutes, taking a quiet moment to read a book, or finding an hour each week to catch up with a friend for coffee. The trick is to to start out small, and make it doable in your current routine.
15-01-2019 07:32 PM
15-01-2019 07:32 PM
Hi @nashy + everyone
I was looking forward to tonight's discussion but we have guests here for dinner so will have to catch up later tonight.
15-01-2019 07:34 PM
Absolutely @CheerBear (and welcome!) I think you're spot on the notion of "juggling" is on a continuum, thank you for sharing.
15-01-2019 07:35 PM
No worries @Determined will catch up with you later tonight
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