More free mental health workshops are being provided to help parents and carers during these continuing tough times.
Upper Hunter Dave Layzell is encouraging those supporting young people in the MidCoast Council region to attend the Monday October 11 workshop hosted by headspace in collaboration with local community stakeholders.
It's part of 49 additional online workshops being offered to help parents and carers better understand the unique challenges young people are facing and teach how to access appropriate support, particularly during COVID.
"It's perfectly natural for parents and carers to worry about the mental health and wellbeing of the children and young people in their lives. Starting a conversation with them about what's going on in their world can be really tough - especially if they are a teenager," Mr Layzell said.
"These workshops will help parents and carers improve their mental health literacy, teaching them to recognise danger signs, learn shareable coping skills and understand what support is available locally."
Those interested can register for any of the sessions online at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/headspace-nsw-parent-and-carer-sessions-34085927895
Upcoming session dates and times include:
* Mid North Coast on Monday October 11 at 6pm,
* Hunter New England on Wednesday October 13 at noon and Wednesday October 27 at 6pm,
* Bathurst on Tuesday November 2 at 6pm.
Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said the sessions will benefit the whole community and build on the more than 30 COVID-focused online sessions which have been available to communities since July with support from the NSW Government.
"These sessions are for any parent or carer who is worried about their child and isn't sure how to approach a conversation about it with them," Ms Taylor said.
"We have had incredibly positive feedback from our initial workshops, with over 3,800 parents and carers registering. These workshops are all about addressing local challenges, pointing the way to local support services and allowing the community to ask questions about what they can do to help young people who are struggling."