Raising Healthy Minds app: Federal Government launches Raising Children Network app for kids’ mental health

Kimberley CainesThe West Australian
A new app designed to help parents support children suffering from mental health issues.
Camera IconA new app designed to help parents support children suffering from mental health issues. Credit: Mariakray/stock.adobe.com

A new phone app to support children’s mental health and wellbeing has been launched by the Federal Government.

The free phone application — focused on children aged 12 years and under — has information, ideas and guidance for parents to help them provide support to their children who may be struggling with mental health issues.

Alarmingly, more than 300,000 Australian children experience a mental health disorder each year.

The Raising Healthy Minds app — developed by the Raising Children Network — is being funded by the Government with $1.5 million being provided over three years.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said supporting the mental health and wellbeing of young Australians was a high priority.

“Diagnosis and treatment at an early stage is important because it can reduce the length and severity of the problem,” Mr Hunt said.

“Parents can play a crucial role in early diagnosis and this new app will give parents and carers the confidence to recognise early signs of social or emotional problems and help them to seek support if it’s needed.”

The Australian Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing estimates one in seven children aged 4 to 17 experience mental illness.

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Assistant Minister David Coleman said the app included information on health, development and wellbeing based on the child’s age.

“The app also includes information and support for parents and carers to ensure they are looking after their own mental health and wellbeing,” Mr Coleman said.

“We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant effect on the mental health and wellbeing of young children and their parents, and this app is a resource families can use to recognise warning signs and seek support.”

The app is available via Android and iOS app stores.

Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800, Beyond Blue 1800 512 348

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