Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation (Kookaburra Kids) supports children living in families affected by mental illness. These vulnerable children often take on a young carer role in their household and are at a greater risk of developing mental health issues themselves.
Kookaburra Kids offers these children a range of free programs including respite and educational camps, school holiday activities and mental health education.
Kookaburra Kids’ CEO Pamela Brown said children living with a family member affected by mental illness were more likely to experience insecurity, hopelessness and risks to their physical health.
“It’s estimated that approximately one in four Australian children live in a family where one parent is affected by mental illness,” she said.
“Thanks to Castle Hill RSL children from within the Hills community who have a family member with a mental illness will be able to access the Kookaburra Kids program, providing them with a safe and fun environment where they can share their thoughts and feelings, and learn to talk about mental health issues.”
The $3800 funding received from Castle Hill RSL will enable six local children to attend a Kookaburra Kids camp, providing them not only with a much-needed break but also with the skills and knowledge to increase their resilience, coping skills, understanding of mental illness and reduce their risk of developing future mental health issues.