Children, Families and Caregivers

Explaining COVID-19 to children


Download the childrens book here

Developed SA health and reproduced by the NSW government


Animations explaining what COVID-19 is to children with and without disabilities – from the children’s perspective



Also available in Spanish:


WHO disability during COVID-19 & children with disabilities

Also available in Spanish:


Free Online resources for Speech Therapy


More than isolated: The experience of children and young people with disability and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic

This resource provides a comprehensive summary of findings by a survey conducted by Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) of almost 700 responders on  “The experience of children and young people with disability and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic”

Download the report here

Dickinson, H., Yates, S. (2020) More than isolated: The experience of children and young people with disability and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Report prepared for Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA), Melbourne


Telehealth Guide for Families, April 2020

The ‘Telehealth Guide for Families’ handout has been created by the University of Melbourne and Centre of Research Excellence in Newborn Medicine to assist families of young babies and toddlers to set up for a telehealth consultation. Please feel free to share this resource with families you are working with to help with setting up of telehealth.


Download the Handout


The New Zealand Cerebral Palsy Society COVID-19 Knowledge Hub


Mental Health: evidence based online resources, helplines, and apps

If you, or someone you are with is in immediate danger please call: 000 (Australia) or 111 (New Zealand) 

Kids Help LineFor anyone 25 or under – Kids Helpline is a free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.1800 55 1800
Kids Helpline
LifelineFor all ages – 24-hour crisis support telephone service. Lifeline provides 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services.CALL: 13 11 14
24/7TEXT: 0477 131114
6:00PM – Midnight
Suicide Call Back ServiceA nationwide service that provides 24/7 telephone and online counselling to people who are affected by suicide, experiencing thoughts of self-harm or suicide.1300 659 467
Suicide Call Back Service
Youth Beyond BlueBeyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.1300 22 4636
Youth Beyond Blue
SANE AustraliaSANE Australia supports people living with complex mental health issues and the people that care about them.1800 187 263
10:00AM – 10:00PM
Headspaceeheadspace provides free online and telephone support and counselling to young people 12 – 25 and their families and friends.N/AHead space
QLife QLife provides anonymous and free LGBTI support for people wanting to talking about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.1800 184 527
3PM – Midnight
Q life
1800RESPECTConfidential information, counselling and support service, open 24 hours to support people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse.1800 737 732
Interpreter: 13 14 50
1800 respect
Carers NSWCarer Line offer emotional support, referrals and distribute carer specific resources and information to carers and community members.1800 242 636
9AM – 5PM
Monday – Friday
Carers NSW
Parent HelplineA telephone counselling, information and referral service for parents of children ages 0 -18.1300 1300 52Parentline
Mental Health LineA mental health professional will answer your call about mental health concerns for you or someone you are concerned about.1800 011 511
Mental health line

Helpful Mental Health Websites

ReachOutOur mission is to deliver innovative e-mental health services that enable young people to take control of their mental health and wellbeing.Reach Out
Black Dog Institute Primary areas of mental health research and treatment include: depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, adolescents and young people, suicide prevention, e-mental health, positive psychology and wellbeing.Black Dog Institute

Apps for Adolescents

Calm Harm Calm Harm provides tasks that help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm.Free
Clear FearFace your fear with the free Clear Fear app and learn to reduce the physical responses to threat as well as changing thoughts and behaviours and releasing emotions.Free
ReachOut Worry TimeReachOut WorryTime interrupts repetitive thinking by setting aside your worries until later, so you don’t get caught up in them 24/7.Free
ReachOut BreatheReachOut Breathe helps you reduce the physical symptoms of stress and anxiety by slowing down your breathing and your heart rate with your iPhone.Free
Smiling MindSmiling Mind is a meditation app for young people. Mindfulness meditation has been shown to help manage stress, resilience, anxiety and depression.Free
WellMindWellMind is designed to help you with stress, anxiety and depression. The app includes advice, tips and tools to improve your mental health and boost your wellbeing.Free