Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation
Helping kids living in families affected by mental illness
Hunter Region & Central Coast
December 2018 - December 2019
Over one million Australian children have, or have had, at least one parent with a mental illness. The social and emotional impacts of this is significant as many of these children have a much greater responsibility of care than their peers, taking on household responsibilities beyond their age including cooking, cleaning, and caring for siblings and/or their parents, resulting in limited opportunities for social, recreational and extra-educational participation.
Studies show, that children who live with parents with mental illness are 50% more likely to develop mental health issues without some form of early intervention.
With our funding support, the Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation will deliver a free psycho-educational fun camp to support primary school aged children who live in families affected by mental illness in the Hunter and Central Coast, providing respite and connection to their peers.
The weekend-long camp will include an evidence-based pyscho-educational program, known as Chat Group, which focuses on building resilience, coping strategies and providing age-appropriate mental health information. Plus, plenty of social activities including go-karting, rock-climbing, creative activities and movies!
The Camp equips children living in families affected by mental illness with the coping skills and resilience to successfully adapt to stressors and maintain psychological wellbeing in the face of adversity. It gives children in a caring role the opportunity to look beyond their situation at home, to strive to meet their potential and make a positive contribution to the community.