Parents stressing over kids and new campaign to hit Rocky

ROCKHAMPTON parents are struggling to cope with the stress of raising their children, according to a study by the Queensland Family and Child Commission.

One in 10 families said difficulties were piling so high they felt insurmountable at least fortnightly. The new research was part of a state-wide study involving more than 1000 parents and friends of families.

In a bid to get families having an honest conversation about these pressures the Queensland Family and Child Commission has launched the Talking Families initiative.

The six-week campaign will be launched in Rockhampton by the Queensland Family and Child Commission's Steve Armitage.

Mr Armitage said the research showed parents avoided seeking help for fear of being judged.

"We want parents to know they do not always have to put on a brave face," he said.

"Everyone struggles from time to time.

"It is okay to talk about problems and ask for help."

Family and friends were listed as the biggest support systems by Rockhampton families, with 88% willing to help when times got tough.

Mr Armitage said the Commission worked with family support services, community groups and volunteer organisations to get parents talking before they reached breaking point.

Seeking help

Parentline (toll-free counselling): 1300 301 300 or visit parentline.com.au

Talking Families: talkingfamilies.qld.gov.au or facebook.com/talkingfamiliesqld.com

The Umbrella Network: 4928 6550 or contact info@umbrellanetwork.org



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