Alphington Primary accesses resources to implement a comprehensive approach to addressing
students’ mental health. Through the KidsMatter Primary framework,
KidsMatter Primary is the first national mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention initiative specifically developed for primary schools. It involves the people who have a significant influence on children’s lives – parents, families, carers, teachers and community groups – in making a positive difference for children’s mental health during this important developmental period.
The KidsMatter Primary initiative aims to:
• improve the mental health and wellbeing of primary school students,
• reduce mental health problems amongst students, and
• achieve greater support for students experiencing mental health problems.
To achieve these aims, KidsMatter Primary promotes collaborative involvement across the health and education sectors. It provides a framework for mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention (PPEI) that is specifically oriented to primary schools.
KidsMatter Primary builds on the work the school is undertaking to address the mental health of their students.