Chancellor State College, with the help of the Sunshine Coast Local Level Alliance, will become the first Talking Families School – a state-wide community initiative to reach out to Queensland parents and caregivers to encourage them to ask for help in times of stress.
The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) developed the Talking Families initiative to normalise help-seeking behaviour among parents and caregivers after research showed that almost 72 per cent of Queensland parents worried about being judged if they struggled with parenting and 76 per cent avoided telling others outside their family.
Principal Commissioner Cheryl Vardon said parents don’t always have to put on a brave face and it’s okay to talk about problems and ask for help.
“We want parents to know they’re not alone and to get it off their chest and talk to people around them if they feel they’re not coping,” Ms Vardon said.
Sunshine Coast Local Level Alliance Coordinator Andy Gibson said the alliance, made up of non-government and government organisations working together to support families and children were pleased to see the Talking Families initiative kick off in a State first on the Sunshine Coast.
“We are really excited to be partnering with Chancellor State College in this initiative as it aims to encourage our Sunshine Coast families to seek information and support at the earliest possible point to address problems before it becomes a crisis,” Mr Gibson said.
Chancellor State College Executive Principal Jacqui King said the school would launch its Talking Families status at a special Chaplaincy breakfast on Tuesday 5 June 2018.
“We know all too well that raising kids can be stressful and frustrating at times. Chancellor State College embraces our school community, and it’s important to us that our parents feel supported and know there’s always someone to talk to if they need some help,” Ms King said.
Support is available for Sunshine Coast families, and helpful hints for parents on how to start the conversation when needing help can be found at www.talkingfamilies.qld.gov.au.
Sunshine Coast families can also search and access local help from www.oneplace.org.au — a community service directory which has more than 48,000 family support services listed.
Talking Families is part of the Queensland Government’s commitment to reforming family support and child protection services.
Kirby Orr, QFCC Senior Media Advisor
Phone: 0476 839 467