It has been a devastating start to 2020 as Australia experienced our worst Bushfires to date. Multiple studies have shown that exposure to natural disasters, be it directly experienced or indirectly experienced through media, can have negative psychological consequences on both adults and children.
A recent meta-analysis found that the prevalence of depression in children after natural disasters ranged from 7.5% to 44.8%. Our children will possibly be experiencing greater anxiety/depression symptoms including separation anxiety, withdrawal, sleep disturbances and worry. Here are 7 ways wellbeing staff and teachers can support children with anxiety:
(Please feel free to print this infographic and share in your staff room)