Little Heroes Foundation and Breakthrough are joining forces to launch a youth mental health initiative: ‘Little Breakthrough Heroes’.
It’s a charity-first to collaborate in this way.
The two organisations saw the value in working together to address mental health issues that affect not only children, but their families, friends, teachers and the wider community.
It’s important that we provide early intervention and prevention strategies that equip children with the tools to ensure their wellbeing and resilience as they get older.
Little Heroes Chairman Chris McDermott said the collaboration between the two charities had been a highlight of his 25-year charity career.
“Children have always been our focus and we’ve been supported by some great people over the years and raised an incredible amount of money,” he said
“But mental health, and youth mental health, is going to be the biggest health challenge of our lifetime.
“That’s why it’s so important to work with like-minded organisations to achieve these big targets.”
Breakthrough Executive Director John Mannion said the statistics for youth mental health were alarming.
“One in seven children between the ages of 4-17 have experienced a mental health issue in Australia. That’s not good enough. We need to do more to help our children,” Mr Mannion said.
“That’s why it’s so important for like-minded organisations – like Breakthrough and Little Heroes – to come together and work towards a common goal. We can’t do it alone.”
Did you know?
A child’s friend is the first responder when they are dealing with a mental health issue. About 1 in 7 children between the ages of 4 and 7 have experienced a mental health issue in Australia.
Some of the common issues include:
- Relationship problems (family, peers)
- Eating or body image issues
- Bullying (including cyber bullying)
- Abuse (physical, emotional or sexual)
- Feeling sad or depressed
- Worry or anxiety
- Self-harm or suicide