No medal for frazzled parents, talk about it

MORE than half of Queensland parents struggle to cope with the stress of raising children and more than 90% of these parents do not ask for help.

New research revealed almost one in 10 Queensland parents said they felt difficulties were piling up so high they could not overcome them.

The Queensland Family and Child Commission, established in July, launched a campaign yesterday to encourage families to have honest conversations about the pressures.

The commission's Steve Armitage said research showed struggling parents were reluctant to speak out because they were too proud or were scared of being judged as a bad parent.

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

"Queensland parents name family and friends as their top two support networks but more than a third of parents having difficulty coping have never asked for help.

"We want parents to feel that they are not alone and to talk to people around them about how they are coping."

The campaign, Talking Families, is part of a Queensland Government initiative.

For more information visit talkingfamilies.qld.gov.au or facebook.com/talkingfamiliesqld.com.

- APN NEWSDESK



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