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KidsMatter Project

Kingaroy State School is now part of the KidsMatter project. This is a project/process that will run for between 3-5 years.

KidsMatter (KM) is an Australian national primary school mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention initiative. KM was developed in collaboration with the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, beyondblue: the national depression initiative, the Australian Psychological Society, and Principals Australia, and was supported by the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund.

KidsMatter uses a whole-school approach. It provides schools with a framework, an implementation process, and key resources to develop and implement evidence-based mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention strategies. The KM framework consists of four key areas, designated as the KM components:

  • Positive school community
  • Social and Emotional Learning for students
  • Parenting support and education
  • Early intervention for students experiencing mental health difficulties.

KidsMatter aims to:

  1. improve the mental health and well-being of primary school students
  2. reduce mental health difficulties amongst students
  3. achieve greater support for students experiencing mental health difficulties