Queensland is known as the “croc-crawling capital of the world” but the region is also home to some of the most harrowing experiences of all, according to a report from the Queensland Department of Primary Industries.
The report by the state’s Primary Industries Advisory Council (PIAAC) is a look at the impacts of a number of different stressors, including bushwalk accidents, bullying, social isolation and drug abuse.
The council said there was a growing awareness of the issues, but also that the Government is taking action to address them.
“We know that bushwalking and outdoor recreation have a positive impact on our communities, with more than 30,000 people walking, cycling and riding a combined 9 million kilometres annually,” PIAAC chairwoman, Jacqui Clark said.
“However, there is also the fact that people who walk or ride their bikes are also at greater risk for social isolation, stress and anxiety.”
The council also recommended that parents and guardians have access to more mental health information, so that children can access support.
Ms Clark said she was “pleased” that more support services were being provided, with mental health support including the use of peer support groups, peer support workshops and training.
“But I’m concerned that our support system is so fragmented and fragmented that we don’t really have a good idea of the prevalence of mental health issues among those who walk, cycle or ride a bike,” she said.
Ms Thompson, who runs the school in the area, said her school had been working to help children who were struggling with social isolation since they were children.
“The kids who come in with social anxiety, there’s really a big impact there, and there are also issues that we see in the school,” she told 7.30.
But the council’s report said the main issue was that many students did not have support services, like school counselling or school psychologists. “
So there’s definitely a lot going on with the students in the schools.”
But the council’s report said the main issue was that many students did not have support services, like school counselling or school psychologists.
Ms Jones said she believed the Government was taking the right approach.
“You know, you see it in schools, but we do have a really good school psychologist that we have in the local community,” she added.
“There’s a school psychologist in every town and the teachers are all trained in school psychology, so they know what to do for all the students.”
“I’m a bit of a mum myself, so I’m very passionate about my children’s welfare, and I’m always trying to find a way to help them.”
Ms Jones also stressed that the council did not want to discourage parents from wanting to take their children out for walks.
“I think it’s very important to educate parents, because there’s not many things that can really stop people from walking their dog,” she explained.
“It can really ruin their day, or their week, or anything, but I think you can still do a great deal with the information that you’re getting.”
I think if we can find ways of getting more parents out to walk their dogs, then that would be fantastic.
“And hopefully it would also encourage people to walk, too.”
‘They’re just trying to be happy’ While parents and teachers may not have much of a choice, they still need to work with parents and other people who have children.
Ms Robinson said while some parents may not be interested in walking their dogs at all, others had to find other ways to get their children to and from school.
“If you’re in a really remote community, or if you live in a place that’s really remote, you may be walking your dog in the street,” she continued.
“In the same way that they’re just wanting to be like their kids, but they’re not really doing anything for themselves, they’re trying to get them out of there, or to just be happy.”
Ms Robinson believes it is important to make sure that children’s safety is always prioritised, and to provide parents with the resources they need.
“At the end of the day, I think it really is a bit sad that parents are having to go out and have to walk around the street just to be able to go to school,” Ms Robinson added.
However, she said she understood that some parents were looking to try and find ways to help their children.
“[They] don’t want to be alone with their kids and I know that’s probably why they’re going to walk,” she concluded.
Sometimes it’s difficult, but it’s all part of the journey to get to where they are today.”