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Our Work: A Future all children deserve

Half of all mental health conditions have started by age 14*

Yet children under this age historically had limited 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.

(*Kessler, R.C., et al., Lifetime prevalence and age-of onset distributions of DSM-IV disorders 2005).

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).

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Our Annual Impact

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.

  • 2,577

    students were reached by us in 2023 through our School Partnership Program.

  • 183

    teachers were supported through our School Partnership Program in 2023.

  • 91.7%

    of children who attended KidsXpress 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.

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Emily's Story

Emily's Story

At just ten years old, Emily* faced a distressing situation, common to many schoolchildren but one that none should have to endure

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Media Release

Media Release

KidsXpress calls for more government support to increase access to mental health services for children aged 12 and under.

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High School Transition

High School Transition

Moving to high school is one of the key milestones of a child’s life. In Term 3 of 2023 we conducted a survey for Year 6 students for the purpose of understanding their thoughts and emotions about this transition.

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Our work in the Snowy Valleys, NSW

Our work in the Snowy Valleys, NSW

In the aftermath of the Black Summer bushfires of 2019/20, KidsXpress swiftly moved into action to deliver a tailored trauma-focused program for the purpose of community rebuilding and socio-emotional rehabilitation.

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Manny’s Story

Manny’s Story

When Manny was 6 years old his father was incarcerated on drug charges. The two years that followed weren’t easy; his mother sometimes struggled to cope with the demands of parenting four children alone.

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Our brain has been created to respond to stress; it's how we stay alive. But it can lead to chronic stress if this is a prolonged state. Here are six things we can do to help us relax and self regulate using our parasympathetic system plus a glossary of some of the trickier terms:  Physiological Sigh: A deep breath that helps reset our body and mind, like a natural reset button for relaxation and focus. To practice the physiological sigh, receive an inhale, but before you get to the top, take another inhale. Then, expel all your air with an exhale.  Endorphins: Natural feel-good chemicals in our brains released when we exercise, laugh, or feel happy.  Amygdala: The brain's security guard that helps us react to emotions, especially fear and stress, like an alarm system for threats.  Noradrenaline: A brain chemical that keeps us alert and focused, making our hearts beat faster and senses sharper.  Sympathetic Nervous System: Our body's "fight or flight" system that kicks in during danger or stress, preparing us for action like an emergency response team.  Limbic System: The emotional center of our brain that helps us feel emotions and store memories, like a control center for our feelings.  #neuroscience #neuropsychology #mentalhealth
All adults and children alike need to embrace the empty hours—the moments of quiet and stillness that allow our minds to wander and our creativity to soar. It's during these empty hours that we find the space to dream, to explore new ideas, and to simply be present with ourselves.  #SelfCareSunday
Gone are the days of the old Victorian adage, "Children must be seen but never heard." 🙊 In the past, stifling children's voices was seen as a sign of discipline and order. But what many fail to realise is the detrimental impact it can have on a child's development and well-being. When children aren't given the space to express themselves:  🚫 Their self-esteem may suffer as they feel their thoughts and feelings aren't valued or respected.
🚫 They may struggle to develop healthy communication skills, leading to difficulties expressing their needs and navigating social interactions.
🚫 Emotionally, they may internalise their feelings, leading to increased stress, anxiety, and even depression as they grow into adulthood.  Encouraging our children to express themselves is not only about giving them a voice; it's about empowering them to understand and navigate their emotions, build strong relationships, and advocate for themselves. As such, it's crucial that our children feel safe to share their thoughts, feelings, and ideas without fear of judgment or rejection.  #parenting #parentingtips #childmentalhealth #expressivetherapy #childdevelopment
The time we spend playing with our children is key to building strong attachments and fostering healthy development. Through play, children learn about the world around them, develop crucial social skills, and even work through emotions.  🧩 Attachment: By engaging in play, we create a safe and nurturing environment where our child feels seen, heard, and understood. This forms the foundation for secure attachments, which are vital for their emotional well-being.  🎨 Expression: Play is a natural form of expression for children. It's how they make sense of their experiences and express their thoughts and feelings. Through play, children can explore their emotions and learn to cope with challenges with the support of their parent.  🌱 Child Development: Every game, every laugh, every moment shared builds the bonds that shape your child's future. Play encourages creativity, problem-solving, and resilience, laying the groundwork for success in school and beyond.  Every minute spent playing with our children is an investment in their happiness and growth. #Parenting #PlayTime #ChildDevelopment #PlayTherapy
Children look to us to navigate the complexities of emotions. It's inevitable that we'll get angry and a rupture in the relationship with our child will inevitably happen. It's a part of parenthood and a part of being in any authentic relationship. However if we get angry with our child, it's not just about moving on; it's about repairing the connection. Even if we've moved past the moment, our child may still be processing the impact of our anger. Repairing means acknowledging what happened, listening to their perspective, and finding a way to mend the emotional bond. When we don't make efforts to repair after conflicts, it can strain the trust and security in our relationship with our children. Repairing a relationship also models healthy behaviour and teaches our child that it's ok to get angry, as long as we go back and try to make amends.  #ParentingTips #parenting #childmentalhealth #emotionalintelligence #ruptureandrepair #attachmenttheory
As parents and caregivers who tirelessly tend to the needs of others, it’s important to take any opportunity we can to pause and rest. It might sound unusual if you’re not accustomed to it, but taking the time to regularly lie down and allow the earth to cradle us can offer a myriad of psychological benefits.  1.	Grounding and Presence: By connecting with the earth, we anchor ourselves in the present moment, fostering a sense of grounding and stability amidst life's uncertainties. 
2.	Stress Reduction: As we surrender to the support of the ground, our bodies and minds are granted a sanctuary of calmness, alleviating stress and tension. 
3.	Emotional Release: Embracing stillness allows us to tenderly acknowledge and release pent-up emotions, paving the way for emotional clarity. 
4.	Sensory Awakening: Embracing the cool touch of a solid surface beneath us awakens our senses and stimulates our nerves.  #selfcaresunday