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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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In psychology, aftercare typically refers to the support and services provided to individuals after they've undergone treatment or intervention. But in the context of this tweet, it can be a wake-up call. Are we just picking up the pieces after burning out, or are we proactively nurturing our well-being? We should be striving for genuine self-care that nourishes us from within, rather than just patching up the aftermath. Easier said than done of course, but awareness of the need to prioritise our mental health is an important first step.  #SelfCareSunday
Help a child to calm down with this simple breathing strategy which works in the following ways:  1. Deep Breathing: Blowing out a candle encourages slow, controlled breathing, which activates the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting relaxation.  2. Focus: Blowing out a candle requires concentration, diverting attention away from the source of frustration or stress and helping to calm the mind.  3. Fun Factor: The association of blowing out candles with celebrations like birthdays adds a positive and enjoyable element to the calming activity, making it more appealing to young children.  4. Symbolism: Blowing out a candle can symbolise releasing negative emotions or "blowing away" frustrations, providing a tangible way for children to express and let go of their feelings.  You may have to light the candle several times. If you don't have a candle and/or can't use a lighter, have the child pretend their thumb is a candle and get them to blow on their thumb, with long, deep breaths. Keep following our page for a range of calming strategies and tools that help children regulate their emotions and find calm.  #childmentalhealth #calmingtips #children #parenting #parentingtips
Every child deserves the chance to experience their inner radiance! ✨ Psychiatrist and trauma expert, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk highlights the psychological importance for all children to cultivate feelings of joy, confidence, and positivity early on. Research suggests that these formative experiences play a crucial role in shaping a child's sense of self-worth and resilience. When children feel valued, loved, and secure, they develop a strong foundation that acts as a buffer against the impact of trauma later in life. And if a child isn't made to feel like they light up a room at home, we should aim to foster environments at school and in the community so that we can nurture this emotional growth,  #ChildhoodDevelopment #DrBesselVanDerKolk #ChildMentalHealth #Parenting #Educators #Children
Recognising your limitations empowers you to lead a more fulfilling and balanced life, where self-care becomes a priority rather than an afterthought.  #SelfCareSunday
Babies are born with a natural inclination to seek out and respond to social cues from their caregivers. This sensitivity is rooted in their evolutionary history, where the ability to interpret facial expressions and tone of voice played a critical role in survival and social bonding. Smiling at your baby not only conveys positive emotions but also signals safety and security, activating neural pathways associated with feelings of comfort and connection. This early interaction helps to shape the infant's perception of the world and lays the groundwork for healthy emotional development and secure attachment relationships.  #childdevelopment #parenting #parentingtips #attachmenttheory
Ever wonder why children always say, 'Hey mum, dad, watch this!' when trying something new?  It's more than just seeking attention – it's deeply rooted in their psychological development. When kids utter these words, they're not just seeking a fleeting glance; they're craving validation and connection. This act reflects their innate need for approval and affirmation from their caregivers, which plays a crucial role in their emotional development.
From a child psychology perspective, this behaviour stems from the concept of attachment theory. Children naturally seek reassurance and support from their primary caregivers, using moments of accomplishment as opportunities to strengthen their bond.  Saying 'watch this' is their way of inviting you to share in their joy and success, solidifying the connection between parent and child.
So, the next time your little one calls out, take a moment to watch, cheer them on, and show them that you're their biggest supporter!  Here are some examples of responses you might say:  1. 'I love seeing you try new things, you're so brave!'
2. 'You're really good at that, I can tell you've been practicing!'
3. 'I'm impressed by your creativity and determination!'
4. 'You're making it look so easy, great job!'
5. 'I can see how much fun you're having, that's wonderful!'  By acknowledging their efforts and celebrating their achievements, you're not just witnessing a simple act, you're nurturing their sense of self-worth and building a foundation of trust and confidence that will serve them well into adulthood.  #childpsychology #emotionaldevelopment #parentingtips #childmentalhealth