ALL schools will have access to free mental health education from August, following a $52.7 million Federal Government grant for beyondblue announced today.
The National Education Initiative will support the mental health of Australian children and young people from the day they enter the education system to the end of Year 12.
Beyondblue is leading the initiative with the support of Early Childhood Australia and headspace and the grant sees its funding extended a further two years to a total of four years.
Research shows one in seven children in Australia has had a mental health disorder in the past 12 months and half of all mental health issues emerge before the age of 14.
Access to the Initiative by early learning services, primary and secondary schools will be free and voluntary.
It will also help schools to support those experiencing a mental health issue and provide crisis support when a high school community experiences a suicide.
Mental health professionals are available 24/7 at the beyondblue Support Service – 1300 22 4636 or via beyondblue.org.au/get-support for online chat (3pm-12am ADST) or email responses (within 24 hours).