It has been estimated that 1 in 7 school-age children has a mental health problem - like anxiety, depression or challenging behaviour - but only 1 in 4 gets the help they need. Similar rates have been found in early childhood too.
It can be tricky recognising whether children need help. Sometimes families, teachers and staff might not know what help is available or how to get it. In some cases, it may be difficult to access mental health services in their area.
The good news is that KidsMatter was developed to promote positive mental health and wellbeing in children, and to help prevent and identify mental health problems early in life.
KidsMatter has already made a big difference to the lives of Australian children because it unites all the people that influence their mental health most – families and education and childcare staff.
Learn more about the research on children’s mental health.
Sawyer, M. G., Arney, F. M., Baghurst, P. A., Clark, J. J., Graetz, B. W., Kosky, R. J., et al. (2001). The mental health of young people in Australia: Key findings from the child and adolescent component of the national survey of mental health and well-being. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 35, 806-814.