R U OK? Day is for children as well - share a story on 10 September

R U OK? Day is a national day of action reminding everyone that every day is the day to ask, “Are you OK?” and support those struggling with life's ups and downs. 

The message for R U OK? Day 2020 is “There’s More to Say after R U OK?’ You can find free resources and tip sheets on staying connected and supporting someone who says they’re not OK on the R U OK? website.   

Talking with children 

Good mental health is key to the healthy development and wellbeing of every child. Children’s mental health can be influenced by many things including family circumstances, school life and life events. When talking with your children about mental health be open and honest and let them know their feelings are relevant and important. Sharing picture books on the topic can be a good way to talk about their emotions using language that is appropriate to their age.   

Picture books on emotions 

  • It's Ok to Feel the Way You Do by Josh Langley. Full of simple and effective ways to help children handle difficult emotions like anger, anxiety, and loss and rejoice in the positive Also available on Story Box Library.   
  • Mr Huff by Anna Walker. A beautifully illustrated book about a little boy who has a bad day and gets in a huff. Simple and charming language to share with your child.  
  • Slow Down World by Tai Snaith.  A gentle reminder to slow down and make time to appreciate the world around us 

You can find some good titles on mental health about recent events  including Birdie and the Virus and Birdie and the Fire on the Queensland Health website available to download and purchase in a range of languages including Turkish, Chinese and Japanese.  

Ask your local public library staff for a title that suits your needs, or ask them about access to the eresource Story Box Library to find a title online.  

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