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June 23, 2010 @ 3:10 pm
At drummond street we pride ourselves on offering support and the right information to families at critical points in the life course. This is often when change is occurring as it does in all families, or when there are extra pressures and relationships are under stress.
At drummond street we believe that families do the best they can with the resources that are available to them at the time. We are not into ‘politically correct’ parenting, wrapping kids in cotton wool or blaming people when families go through rough times. We have a range of programs for families with children 5 and under which include:
This innovative project is funded by the William Buckland Foundation and aims to prevent violence and abuse by reaching new parents who are negotiating the often tricky transition to becoming Mums and Dads. We offer information about what actually constitutes a healthy relationship and talk about some of the precursors to family violence like power and control issues, feeling like you are walking on eggshells and feeling pressure to keep away from family and friends. These are warning signs that can be dealt with early on and we reach couples at the antenatal stage through presenting short seminars on How Relationships Change as part of their Childbirth Classes. These are run in Carlton and Wyndham.
We run sessions in the community by visiting New Mothers Groups run at Maternal Child Health Centres and talking about the different stresses and positives that a new baby has brought to their primary relationships. Just Families also offers counseling at no cost or low cost to parents, families, couples and individuals who feel their relationship is under significant stress, whether the signs of violence or intimidation are there or not. Our primary aim is to prevent this occurring and to educate couples on how to nurture their relationships and keep themselves and their children safe now they are parents.
In order to ensure that Maternal Child Health Nurses and other ‘first to know’ services can adequately pick up and deal with the signs of relationships under stress we offer training to MCH Nurses and other key practitioners working with parents, families and children across our 3 locations.
We are running a full evaluation of this program including pre and post surveys of all clients using the services. Please do not hesitate to contact us on 9663 6733 with any queries.
Parents are under an abundance of pressure and demands these days, and with young children the physical effort is also unrelenting. With one in five people experiencing a mental health problem at any given time it is not surprising that we see many parents experiencing things like clinical depression and generalised anxiety disorder. For most they continue to soldier on, parenting, juggling the house, work and other commitments and sadly not seeking help early enough. With the right support, education and lifestyle changes many of these parents can recover, gradually learning to manage their mental health so they can enjoy parenting and life in general. Our counselling services also support family members or partners of the person who is not travelling well. For instance we see many partners who are worried about the person they care about, perhaps they have post Natal Depression and don’t know how to manage the impact that mental health issues are having on their relationship. We see grandparents who are concerned about their adult children. When the counselling is being offered with mental health as a theme or focus, the service is completely free. The groups such as “My Partner Has Depression”, Raising Mentally Healthy Kids” and “Stress Management for Women” are also offered at no charge. This is possible through our Family Mental Health Support Service program area. If you would like to book in to see an experienced counsellor or you are interested in the groups we offer please call our Intake Worker on 9663 6733.
This innovative program has been very popular with young mothers and also with separated fathers who wish to develop some more practical skills to deal with their babies and young children. Our HOPE Program can offer a broad range of topics for parents to explore including:
The sessions cost $35 per hour and take place in the drummond street childcare room where kids can keep themselves occupied with toys etc while parents can discuss different parenting techniques to try. In some cases, particularly where parents are isolated or unwell home-based or outreach visit can be offered. Ring 9663 6733 to book in or receive a brochure
Please contact drummond street services on 9663 6733 if you would like more information
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