Thank you to Sane Australia for their recent article which highlights the additional challenges of parenting with a Mental Health Illness.
Read the full article and find further resources via this link: https://www.sane.org/information-stories/the-sane-blog/wellbeing/parenting-with-a-mental-health
The life of a parent can be a busy and demanding one! You could be juggling so many potential stressors all at once, including work, family commitments, finances, and keeping up with your child’s school and social routines.
For those parents managing mental health challenges, you are managing not only your responsibilities as a parent, but your own mental health, and the complex and confronting emotions that can come with this delicate balance. No easy feat.
This being said, there are things you can do for yourself that can make parenting with a mental illness easier.
– Be kind to yourself and mindful of self-expectations
– Give yourself permission to self-care
– Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Check in with your GP, counsellor/psychologist, or reach out to online supports. For support as a parent, you can also contact Parentline on 1300 30 1300 (QLD and NT). For the Parentline in your state or for more tips, check out the Parentline website.
You’re not alone in this.