The mental health and wellbeing of Australian children is an important and legitimate concern.
Research has shown that many mental health problems among adults have their origins in childhood. A child in good mental health is more likely to form and maintain positive relationships, engage in their schooling and achieve academic success as well as greater success later in life.
It is estimated that one in seven children of primary school age have a mental health difficulty, the most common difficulties being depression, anxiety, hyperactivity and aggression. There is a solid body of evidence indicating that helping children develop social and emotional skills, including resilience, leads to better mental health. In addition, if children experiencing mental health difficulties are identified early and supported, they will be less likely to have poor mental health outcomes as adults.