KidsMatter aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children, reduce mental health problems amongst children, and achieve greater support for children experiencing mental health difficulties, and their families.
It includes KidsMatter Early Childhood, designed for implementation in preschools and long day care; and KidsMatter Primary Schools, designed for implementation in Australian primary schools.
Each initiative involves the people who have a significant influence on children's lives - parents, carers, families, child care professionals, teachers and community groups - in making a positive difference for children's mental health.
The initiatives have been developed jointly in collaboration with the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, beyondblue: the national depression initiative, the Australian Psychological Society, Principals Australia and Early Childhood Australia, with support from the Australian Rotary Health.
KidsMatter has developed a range of resources to support the implementation of KidsMatter in primary schools and early childhood services. While the KidsMatter resources have been designed specifically for parents, carers and school/early childhood staff, they will also be helpful for practitioners working with children and their families.
The resources, and further information about KidsMatter, can be accessed via the KidsMatter website at www.kidsmatter.edu.au.
headspace provides young people 12-25, and their families, with information, support and advice on general health; mental health and wellbeing; alcohol and other drugs; education, employment and other services. headspace centres around Australia provide young people with access to youth-friendly health professionals and the headspace website has a section devoted to supporting parents and carers.
For more information, go to: www.headspace.org.au.