Children (aged 0–12)

Childhood is a time of rapid development. The experiences we have during childhood help to shape the adults we will become. 

Mental health and wellbeing is established early in life and provides children with the foundation for all aspects of their development including physical, educational, social, emotional and cognitive development.

Parents, carers and other significant adults play an important role in their child’s development and in building and protecting their mental health and wellbeing. In many cases, children who have good mental health carry it with them through life.

However, there is a small proportion of children in Australia (around one in seven), who will experience a mental health condition during childhood, and we need to better support these children. Given that half of all mental health conditions in adulthood begin before the age of fourteen.1 – we know that the time to act is early, during childhood.  

Beyond Blue is working to raise community awareness about the mental health needs of children so that the people closest and most influential in a child’s life – their parents, carers and other significant adults including professionals – can notice the signs and symptoms of poor mental health earlier and seek the appropriate support sooner.

 For parents

For professionals

  • Our practice guide, Building resilience in children aged 0–12 aims to assist practitioners to promote children’s resilience and raise community awareness about it more broadly.
  • From August 2018, Beyond Blue will lead a new National Education Initiative with support from headspace and Early Childhood Australia, with funding from from the Australian Government Department of Health.


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1. For a full list of references for the statistics on this page, and any others across the website, please visit the references page and search through the relevant category.

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