At any time, one in four young people in Australia are at risk of developing mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety. This can significantly impact their enjoyment and learning, and what’s more, their future employment outcomes later in life.
At Bupa, we care about the communities we operate in and we're committed to supporting and protecting our children. That's why our Australian business has partnered with Kids Helpline, Australia's only free and confidential 24/7 counseling service intended specifically for young people aged 5 to 25. Our partnership will enable Kids Helpline to expand its in-school wellbeing education programme, Kids Helpline @ School Wellbeing, which focuses on early intervention, helping children develop tools, resilience and knowledge to set them up for a happy and emotionally healthy life.
Kids Helpline @ School launched in 2013 and so far has reached over 69,000 primary school students. With Bupa's support, the programme will expand further into wellbeing, creating even more opportunity to support and protect our children. The sessions are free for schools to access and address a broad range of topics, including bullying, friendships, resilience and managing emotions.
“We were looking for an organisation to partner with which not only aligned to Bupa’s purpose of helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives, but also an organisation which would make a real difference to the mental wellbeing of people in Australia,” said Bupa Australia Chief Executive Officer Richard Bowden.
He added: “We’re so pleased to be working with Kids Helpline to make a difference to the emotional wellbeing of primary school children, setting them up with tools they’ll be able to use for life.”