Підтримка дітей та підлітків, які постраждали внаслідок війни в Україні (Ukrainian) Supporting Children and Adolescents Affected by the War in Ukraine
By STARTTS – Service for…
Children and adolescents who have fled Ukraine are unique in the way in which they cope with the situation and settle into life in Australia. While many children cope quite well with upheaval, change and uncertainty, others may be struggling with grief, fear, loneliness, anxiety and deep sadness. There are several services, including STARTTS, that you and/or the children in your care can access to support them through this difficult time.
STARTTS is a NSW-based, specialist, not-for-profit service that provides counselling and community support to help people (including children of all ages) and communities recover from war-related trauma. All our services are confidential, impartial and free of charge to survivors of war-related trauma.
Counselling services are available face-to-face, via video-conferencing or over the phone. Ukrainian interpreters are also available.
You can refer yourself or your child to STARTTS for counselling by calling (02) 9646 6800.
STARTTS also staffs the “Witness to War Multicultural Telephone Support Line” (call 1800 845 198) on Mondays to Fridays from 9am – 4pm. This support line is staffed by Ukrainian staff members and assists individuals and families in NSW impacted by overseas conflict. The support line can provide:
Some common signs that a child or adolescent is struggling and would benefit from counselling include:
If you are concerned that your child is struggling emotionally or psychologically, you can call the Witness to War Support Line (1800 845 198) to discuss your child and they will be able to assist you further. Alternatively, you can call the STARTTS Intake Line directly, to refer your child for counselling – (02) 9646 6800.
Most children (especially young children) are heavily impacted by the emotional/mental state of their adult caregivers. This means that if you are struggling with your own mental health, it is especially important that you seek help (e.g. from STARTTS) and get the support you need during this very difficult time.
It also means that parents/carers can support their children’s emotional wellbeing by modelling calm, positivity, mindfulness and gratitude. These things are of course much more difficult to do, when parents/carers themselves are in emotional distress, so please practice good self-care and reach out for support for yourself too.
Tips for taking care of your own mental health:
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Organisations representing Ukrainians in NSW, Australia: