Children and Families

A new reference for parents who work as first responders has been produced by Emerging Minds to help parents who respond to disasters and face the additional burden of worrying about their children who are understandably anxious about their mum or dad at work.

Positive mental health resources for young emergency service volunteers have been developed by the CRC Tactical Research Fund project, Positive Mental Health in Young Adult Emergency Services Personnel. The project team have create a valid, practical and useable framework and several reliable resources to support positive mental health and wellbeing in young adult (16-25 year old) fire and emergency service volunteers. These can be utilised at an individual, local and organisation-wide level, in order to minimise the short and long term impacts of exposure to potentially traumatising events, and maintain and promote mental health and wellbeing more generally. 

This fact sheet by US-based SAMSHA offers tips families can use to help disaster response workers return home and adjust to daily life. It describes things to keep in mind while adjusting to the return of a loved one, signs of stress, and when to seek help.

This website by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention gives parents information to help children of different ages cope in an emergency.  It recognises that some children react right away, while others may show signs of difficulty much later. How a child reacts, and the common signs of distress can vary according to the child’s age, previous experiences, and how the child typically copes with stress.