KidsXpress calls for more government support to increase access to mental health services for children aged 12 and under.
Creating a lifetime of change
Our Work: A Future all children deserve
Half of all mental health conditions have started by age 14.
Yet children under this age have the lowest access to mental health services in Australia.
KidsXpress exists to ensure that children are getting the help they need, in the way they need it and when they need it.
Childhood mental health issues often arise from experiences of trauma and a stressful home environment. Our trauma-informed Expressive Therapy and Education services combine psychology and the creative process to support primary school-age children and their caregivers.
(Kolves, 2010, citing Mishara, 1998; Fortune & Hawton, 2007).
See the signs. Heal the hurt.
Half of all mental health conditions emerge before age 14*, yet signs of a struggling child often go unnoticed. It can sometimes be challenging to distinguish between typical childhood behaviours and signs of underlying mental health concerns. While children naturally go through various emotional and behavioural changes as they grow, there are some signs that suggest there may be a need for closer attention. Early action is key to prevent issues growing with a child into adulthood. Our resource guide is a great starting point.
(*Kessler, R.C., et al., Lifetime prevalence and age-of onset distributions of DSM-IV disorders 2005).Download Free Resources
Mental ill-health affects 1-in-7 Australian children, yet fewer than 25% are accessing care.
Without support, the impact of their condition can grow with them into lifelong challenges. We’re on a mission to change that.
students were reached by us in 2022 through our School Partnership Program.
teachers and school counsellors were supported through our education and training services in 2022.
of children who attended KidXpress identified positive change in themselves.
(CORS, 2023 Term 2)
$1 : $2.76
is our cost benefit ratio, meaning that for every $1 invested in KidsXpress a return of $2.76 is generated in social value.
(DAE, 2015, p.46)
KidsXpress is like a hospital for birds with injured wings. You leave when you can fly again.10-year-old girl, former client
You didn’t just help my child but my whole family. You were our safe harbour during a period of storm.Mother of former client
My son is still in my life today because of KidsXpress.Mother of former client
We’d been screaming out, ‘what else can we do for our students?’ and this is it. This partnership with KidsXpress.BPS Principal
KidsXpress isn’t a program. It’s a relationship that we build together based on the needs of our students.HPPS Principal
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