The KidsMatter initiative is well and truly underway at SDPS. KidsMatter is an Australian mental health and well-being initiative set in primary schools and early childhood education and care services (like preschools, kindergartens and day care centres). It’s a framework that helps these places take care of children's mental health needs by:

  • Creating positive school and early childhood communities
  • Teaching children skills for good social and emotional development
  • Working together with families
  • Recognising and getting help for children with mental health problems.

KidsMatter was developed by mental health professionals and education and childcare staff in response to the high rates of school-age children with mental health difficulties and the problems they face getting help. It is a partnership between education and health sectors and is funded by the Australian Government and Beyondblue.

This video explains the four components, theoretical underpinning and benefits of the KidsMatter program:

Mental health is the way we think about ourselves and what is going on around us, and how we cope with the ups and downs in life. This video explains mental health and the link to KidsMatter (Video 4 and 5):

This video provides a definition of risk and protective factors for children’s mental health. It highlights that just one protective factor can be enough to protect a child from developing a mental health difficulty (Video 6):

For more information, please see the fact sheets below or visit the KidsMatter website: