Introducing and talking about your child’s limb difference can be very comforting and is an important way of sharing any sadness, anxieties and concerns you may have.
You may want to speak to a Limbs 4 Kids team member who can assist you. You may also want to speak to another parent that has experienced what you are going through. If so, Limbs 4 Kids can connect you to a trained Peer Support Volunteer who you can speak to over the phone or meet in person. For more information read about our Peer Support Program.
Joining our closed and moderated Limbs 4 Kids Facebook Group is another way of communicating with other parents, young people with limb difference, adults who were themselves a child with limb difference and professionals.
However, if you find that you (or other members of your family) are not coping and could benefit from professional support there are many services that can assist you. You may want to speak to your GP, Social Worker, Maternal Health Nurse or Paediatrician. You may also want to speak with an external counselling and support service such as:
Beyond Blue – www.beyondblue.org.au (1300 22 46 36)
Lifeline – www.lifeline.org.au (13 11 14)
Men’s Line Crisis Support – www.mensline.org.au (1300 78 99 78)
PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia) – www.panda.org.au (1300 72 63 06)
Parent Line – www.parentline.com.au (1300 30 1300)
Kids Helpline – www.kidshelp.com.au (1800 55 18 00)