Mosman Latest: Are you a parent navigating troubled teenage years? This is a free event you can’t afford to miss.
An information night to help parents of teenagers is set for tomorrow night, with issues ranging from gaming addiction to mental health on the agenda.
The event is an initiative of the Lower North Shore Family Support Network, formed last year to provide families with better integrated support services.
The free event will focus on the unique challenges local parents face, and give them an opportunity to connect directly with workers from Family Referral Services, headspace, Phoenix House, the Northern Sydney Local Health District, Mind Talk Counselling and Mission Australia.
According to Wende Jowsey, Lifeskills and Wellbeing Specialist at Phoenix House Youth Services, the evening presents a unique and valuable opportunity for parents.
“As youth service providers we want what we offer to be visible and accessible,” she said.
“Youth on the North Shore are increasingly struggling with issues, ranging from gaming addiction to mental health and a need for more flexible education, which means that parents are also challenged.
“We see parents on a daily basis who need guidance on where to go for answers - and this event is a good place to begin."
Mosman parent Andrew Carroll will also be on hand for guidance. As a father of two teenage boys and a regular volunteer with youth sport and services, he understands that finding the right support for teens can be a challenge for some parents.
“There can be a tendency for parents to not want to discuss some of the real issues that are a natural part of parenting, and they often run around looking for services for their children, and forget themselves,” he said.
“It's great that there are many support services for parents, and this information evening is a unique opportunity to see the wide range of support services available."
The LNS Parent Support Network’s ‘Support Information Evening for Parents of Teens’ is at Mosman Art Gallery, Thursday 28 February from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.