How we can help families and carers

The Wild Mind Project takes a systemic approach to wellbeing.  We understand the need for parents and carers to refuel themselves as they refuel those in their care. Over one’s lifespan, research indicates a dip in wellbeing between the ages of 35 and 50, a life phase when we tend to prioritise the needs of both our parents and our children over ourselves.

According the Association for Young People’s Health, the parents of adolescents are the most unsupported of all groups of parents, and those who have teenagers with mental health problems are particularly isolated. Yet parents could be a big part of the solution as far as successful outcomes for young people are concerned

Australia’s Parenting Research Centre studied the evidence around peer support interventions for parents and carers. Their research included parents and carers with children suffering from a range of challenges and concluded overall that parents and carers in peer support interventions, reported improved wellbeing — feelings of belonging, support and empowerment, for example. They felt less isolated, and they expanded their social and support networks by meeting outside the programme. They felt more able to cope, and less depressed, guilty or lonely. Participants also reported that they learnt more about caring for their children.

The Wild Mind Project runs Refuelling sessions that can help parents recover the strength they need to cope with the daily stress of caring for their children.

“This is the first time in years that I have been offered support in terms of my needs in relation to my daughter’s mental health”

The Wild Mind Project also offers informal sessions attended by both a parent/carer and their young person struggling with mental ill-health. We use a combination of attachment-based art therapy to develop trust and communication, and walks/activities in nature to reduce stress and create positive memories, to help both parent/carer and their young person to re-focus on the positives in their lives.

References

Association for Young People’s Health (2016) Supporting young people with mental health problems: results of a survey of parents. London: AYPH

Hyde, A. L., Maher, J. P., & Elavsky, S. (2013). Enhancing our understanding of physical activity and subjective well-being with a lifespan perspective. International Journal of Wellbeing. 3(1): 98-115.

Parenting Research Centre (2017) An analysis of the evidence for parenting interventions in Australia. Australia Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. Australia.

If you feel  a parent/carer or family would benefit from one of our programmes, please complete the referral form below. Thank you.

“Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.”

Walter Anderson