Initiatives like KidsMatter have the biggest impact on children’s mental health when agencies and organisations partner and share ideas, strategies and resources. KidsMatter is working with the following organisations to achieve a shared goal of improved quality of life and mental health outcomes for young children and their families:

The Alannah and Madeline Foundation

The Alannah and Madeline Foundation is a national charity protecting children from violence and its devastating impact. The Foundation was set up in memory of Alannah and Madeline Mikac, aged six and three, who were tragically killed with their mother and 32 others at Port Arthur, Tasmania on 28 April 1996. The Foundation cares for children who have experienced or witnessed serious violence. They also run programs that prevent violence and advocate for children's safety and wellbeing. The Alannah and Madeline Foundation and KidsMatter will work together in several ways, including developing connections between schools, cross-promotion of resources and programs and improving the combined impact of KidsMatter and the Alannah and Madeline Foundation.

The Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network (ACATLGN) 

ACATLGN provides and promotes an effective, high quality resource and information network for service providers, frontline professionals, parents and the broader community. It provides professionals and the community with the information and knowledge to intervene early and mitigate the impact that experiences of trauma and adversity have on children and young people. By mitigating the impact of traumatic and adverse experiences, ACATLGN is promoting the prevention of the development of mental health, social and educational challenges arising for children, young people and adults. 

KidsMatter and ACATLGN will work together to develop joint communications and resources that assist in the achievement of common objectives for supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing, particularly in relation to trauma.

Accoras

Accoras is Brisbane organisation that works to recognise, respond and deliver on health access opportunities and meet any health access challenges that arise. Accoras has a particular focus on supporting the mental health of children, families and organisations within the Brisbane community. KidsMatter Primary and Accoras share the overall aim of improved quality of life, mental health and the social and emotional wellbeing of children, families and communities. KidsMatter Primary and Accoras also share a common interest in promoting school-based approaches to social-emotional learning and will work together to cross promote relevant opportunities. 

The Achievement Program

The Achievement Program is a Victorian statewide initiative which recognizes achievements in promoting health and wellbeing and supports the development of safe, healthy and friendly environments for learning, working and living in. Schools are one of the identified environments. KidsMatter Primary and the Achievement Program share the aim of improved quality of life and mental health and wellbeing outcomes for individuals and families. Each initiative works explicitly from a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing. KidsMatter Primary schools that have completed all four components of the initiative, and are recognized by KidsMatter Primary, are eligible for advanced standing for the Achievement Program mental health and wellbeing benchmarks.  

Act-Belong-Commit

Act-Belong-Commit is a comprehensive health promotion campaign that encourages individuals to take action to protect and promote their own mental wellbeing. It also encourages organisations that provide mentally healthy activities to promote participation in those activities.

Act-Belong-Commit’s guidelines for positive mental health provide a simple approach that everyone can adopt to become more mentally healthy.

Benevolent Society's Family Wellbeing Service (Logan)

The Family Wellbeing Service in Logan is designed to support children from prebirth to 8 years and their families who are struggling emotionally with some part of their life. The workers have specialist knowledge in all areas of child, youth and family mental health – including depression, anxiety, and behavioural problems. The program is run by The Benevolent Society, Australia’s first charity, a not-for-profit and non-religious organisation committed to helping people, families and communities achieve positive change. 

KidsMatter and the Benevolent Society share the overall aim of improved quality of life and mental health and wellbeing outcomes for children and families.

Break Thru People Solutions – Family Mental Health Support Service (Bankstown/Rockdale)

Break Thru is a national not-for-profit organisation committed to empowering people to create their own futures. Through the provision of high quality person-centric programs, they enable thousands of people every year to address mental health, employment, disability, homelessness and training needs. The Family Mental Health Support Service (FMHSS) seeks to support children, young people, families and carers impacted by mental illness. They do this is a range of ways, including intervention, family support, education and building community awareness. Both organisations have identified opportunities for joint planning and implementation, including a focus on a trial ‘external supporter’ consulting relationship between Break Thru FMHSS and a nominated KidsMatter school in NSW.

Carers NT

Carers NT is a peak body advocating on behalf of carers across the NT and works towards improved health, wellbeing, resilience and recognition for carers.

Carers Australia manages programs including National Carer Counselling Program, the Care Advisory Service, the Young Carer Information and Support Program, respite services and the Better Start for Children with a Disability Registration and Information Service.

Young carers are children and young people aged up to 25 years who help care in families where someone has an illness, disability, a mental illness, alcohol or other drug problem.  On average there are two or three young carers in every classroom.  Being identified as a young carer means services can be put in place to support the young carer and their family.  

Carers NT is proud to present the Happiness Festival and other happiness events to strengthen mental health and wellbeing in the Northern Territory. Carers NT is pleased to join with KidsMatter to cross-promote resources and collaborate in the best interests of children, families and the community. 

CatholicCare NT

CatholicCare NT aims to strengthen individuals, families and communities in ways that respect their dignity and culture.

CatholicCare NT offers a range of counseling services and mental health and wellbeing programs, including those that are child and youth-focused and that promote healthy family relationships. 

Synergies have been identified with KidsMatter, particularly in relation to in-school service delivery and referrals, support for KidsMatter schools, shared professional learning opportunities, and cross-promotion of services, events and resources. 

Continence Foundation of Australia

The Continence Foundation of Australia (CFA) is the national peak body promoting bladder and bowel health, and is a KidsMatter partner.

Research indicates that 20-50% of children suffering incontinence problems also have a diagnosis of a mental disorder. Raising awareness and providing support for incontinence issues is likely to have a positive impact on the mental health and wellbeing of children and families.

Both organisations have identified opportunities for the cross-promotion of resources, websites, advertising, and events, specifically in relation to the CFA-managed Healthy Bowel and Bladder Habits in Schools initiative, and the KidsMatter resources for families and schools.

COPMI (Children of Parents with a Mental Illness)

The COPMI (Children of Parents with a Mental Illness) national initiative aims to foster better mental health outcomes for children of parents with a mental illness, reduce stigma associated with parental mental illness, and help friends, family and workers identify and respond to the needs of the children and their families where parental mental illness exists. COPMI develops information for parents, their partners, carers, family and friends - along with online training courses for professionals - to support families either individually or through community services and programs. COPMI and KidsMatter have a shared goal of supporting entire families affected by parental mental illness.

Great Southern Employment Development Committee Inc

The Great Southern Employment Development Committee Inc is a self-sustaining community organisation with an independent voice that responds to locally-identified priorities. It facilitates partnerships within the community, business and education sectors to support quality lifelong education, training and employment opportunities for all.

Hunter Institute of Mental Health

The Hunter Institute of Mental Health has built a reputation as a leading national organisation dedicated to reducing mental illness and suicide and improving wellbeing for all Australians. For more than 20 years, the Institute has been delivering successful, evidence-based mental health and suicide prevention programs from their base in Newcastle, NSW. These have made a considerable contribution to the mental health and wellbeing of many Australians. 

KIDS HOPE AUS.

KIDS HOPE AUS. is an early intervention, school based mentoring program that has been operating in Australian primary schools for 10 years. Over that time more than 10,000 vulnerable children have been matched with caring mentors for a minimum of one year. The focus of the mentoring sessions is to build children’s confidence, self-esteem and engagement with school. A University evaluation of KIDS HOPE AUS endorsed the impact of mentoring on children’s social and emotional development.

Kids Helpline and Kids Helpline @ School

Kids Helpline is a free, 24 hour counselling service for young people aged 5-25 years. The Kids Helpline @ School program will enable teachers and counsellors in primary schools to connect their class with a Kids Helpline counsellor.

KidsMatter, Kids Helpline and Kids Helpline @ School share the overall aim of improving the mental health and wellbeing of children, and their families.  KidsMatter and Kids Helpline @ School also aim to improve the capacity of primary schools and preschools to support the mental health and wellbeing of students.

The partners will work together to develop joint communications and resources that assist in the achievement of common objectives for supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing.

Let's Start Parent-Child Program

The Let’s Start Parent-Child Program (Let’s Start) is an evidence based parenting program for Aboriginal children and families. The program is therapeutically oriented and supports children’s social and emotional development from age four through the transition to school. 

Let’s Start brings together expertise about child development, early learning and parenting to support the emotional wellbeing of parents and children. The program works with local organisations like schools, preschools, health care centres, childcare centres and child protection services to ensure that parents are supported in their local communities.

The program is managed by the Centre for Child Development in the Menzies School of Health Research. 

KidsMatter Primary and Let’s Start will explore opportunities for joint partnership with participating schools to develop connections between schools and communities, establish clear referral pathways and improve the combined impact of KidsMatter Primary and Let’s Start.

Meerilinga Young Children’s Foundation Inc

Meerilinga is a not for profit organisation and registered charity that promotes the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. It works with children, their families, early childhood professional, planners and the community to raise the status of children in Western Australia.

Mental Health Professionals Network

The Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN) is a federally-funded initiative that supports and promotes interdisciplinary practice and collaborative care between practitioners working in primary mental health care. It does this through two core programs: MHPN practitioner networks and the Online professional development program.

Networks provide a forum for practitioners to connect, build relationships, provide peer support and improve referral pathways.

MHPN’s professional development program consists of a series of webinars featuring interdisciplinary panel discussions of contemporary case studies that model interdisciplinary practice and collaborative care. MHPN has partnered with KidsMatter to develop professional development webinars with a focus on children’s mental health.

Mental Health Promotion Officers (MHPO) Victorian Network

MHPO Victorian Network focuses on the mental health needs of children and adolescents in Victoria. Some of the network’s aims include improving the understanding and responsiveness to children and young people’s mental health needs and improving the community’s awareness of mental health issues and services for children and young people.

KidsMatter Primary and MHPO Victorian Network will work together to cross promote relevant resources initiatives and events. There will also be a focus on supporting the implementation of the KidsMatter Primary Framework in schools.

Mindful - centre for training and research in developmental health (Mindful) Vic

Mindful is the Victoria-wide unit responsible for the delivery of postgraduate courses, training programs, professional development and research programs in child and adolescent mental health, including coordinating facilitator training for Tuning in to Kids and Tuning in to Teens. Mindful and KidsMatter will work together in several ways, including developing connections between schools, ECEC services and communities, cross-promotion of resources and improving the combined impact of KidsMatter and Mindful.  

One Life WA

One Life is here to urge everyone to work together in improving mental health and wellbeing of all Western Australians, one life at a time. One Life is the Western Australian Suicide Prevention Strategy, which aims to transform attitudes about suicide and suicidal behaviour. It brings together businesses, government, non-government and the wider community to effectively address suicide.

Queensland Ed-LinQ Initiative

The Queensland Ed-LinQ Initiativeis a strategic partnership between the mental health sector, the primary care sector and the education sector designed to improve early identification of, and intervention for, Queensland students with emerging mental illness. More information can also be found on the QLD Health website.

Relationships Australia (Western Australia): Family Mental Health Support Services

Relationships Australia is a leading provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities. It aims to support all people in Australia to achieve positive and respectful relationships. Family Mental Health Support Service activities target prevention and early intervention, with a particular focus on Indigenous families and those from a culturally and linguistically diverse background.

Response Ability

Response Ability is an internationally distinctive and highly regarded programme that has been preparing teaching graduates, since 1997, to assume an active and influential role in shaping the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. The purpose of Response Ability is to increase the inclusion and coverage of mental health and suicide prevention in pre-service education of teachers and early childhood educators through the tertiary and Vocational Education Training (VET) sectors. 

Smiling Mind

Smiling Mind is a not-for-profit organisation delivering modern meditation programs for young people. Smiling Mind's free resources are available via web and app-based technology and have been developed by a team of psychologists with expertise in youth and adolescent therapy, Mindfulness Meditation and web-based wellness programs. The program content is based on world-class evidence and clinical trials that highlight the benefits of mindfulness for mental health. 

Smiling Mind aims to make mindfulness resources easily accessible and is working towards the grand vision of seeing Mindfulness Meditation on the Australian School Curriculum by 2020. 

KidsMatter and Smiling Mind share the overall aim of improved quality of life and mental health and wellbeing outcomes for individuals and families.

From pre-schoolers to secondary schoolers, the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation invites all Australian students to get involved in growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing their own fresh, seasonal, delicious food.

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation

From pre-schoolers to secondary schoolers, the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation invites all Australian students to get involved in growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing their own fresh, seasonal, delicious food.

The Kitchen Garden Classroom is a new membership service available to all schools across Australia, including early learning centres, primary schools and secondary schools. Join the Kitchen Garden Classroom and get all the tools you need to reap the rewards of a fruitful kitchen garden education. See here for more: https://www.kitchengardenfoundation.org.au/membership.

KidsMatter and the Kitchen Garden Classroom program will explore opportunities for increasesd access to Kitchen Garden Classroom membership and resources for KidsMatter schools and early childhood services.  

Top End Association for Mental Health (TEAMhealth) NT

TEAMhealth provide services to people affected by mental illness in the Northern Territory, including mental health support and education for children, young people and families. 

The aim of TEAMhealth is to make a significant contribution to the provision of quality, life enhancing mental health services. TEAMhealth and KidsMatter will work towards a number of common goals, including improved professional learning opportunities, cross-promotion of services, programs and resources and a joint contribution to the strategic direction of mental health initiatives in schools.

UnitingCare Unifam’s ‘The Anchor’ program

UnitingCare Unifam is a professional, community based counselling, mediation and relationship education organisation. ‘The Anchor’ program helps guide children through their parents' separation or divorce and provides information, counselling and consultation so that children's experiences are understood and their needs are considered when their parents are in mediation (family dispute resolution), counselling or in a parenting orders program (keeping contact). ‘The Anchor’ is based in Sydney, Wollongong, Newcastle and the Central Coast. KidsMatter and UnitingCare Unifam’s ‘The Anchor’ program will explore opportunities for joint planning and implementation, specifically around increasesd access to ‘The Anchor’ resources and programs to KidsMatter schools and ECEC services.  

Variety WA

Variety the Children’s Charity is all about empowering Western Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh and learn. Variety helps children overcome obstacles they face by giving practical equipment, programs and experiences.

Wellbeing Australia

Wellbeing Australia is a not-for-profit network of people and organisations committed to developing the healthy relationships that lead to individual and community wellbeing, especially in education. This means:

  • Values of care, respect, responsibility, understanding, inclusion and friendship
  • Relationships based on consideration, compassion, collaboration and participation – not power and control
  • Actively promoting social and emotional competencies for individuals, groups and school organisations
  • School connectedness for more effective learning environments
  • Developing resilience
  • Putting positive and community psychology into practice
  • Dealing respectfully with conflict, challenging situations and difficult behaviour, including restorative approaches
  • Personal and professional integrity and ethical behaviour
  • Developing leadership capacities to maximise participation for organisational wellbeing

The Wellbeing Australia Network is now across all states in Australia. KidsMatter and Wellbeing Australia share also a common interest in promoting healthy relationships and social-emotional learning in education for children and will work together to cross promote relevant opportunities.