Kookaburra Kids provides services to young people experiencing family mental illness with the aim of empowering them to build resilience, life-long knowledge, skills and abilities so they can reach their potential as young adults..
Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation
Mission: We deliver our services to young people experiencing family mental illness with the aim of empowering them to build resilience, life-long knowledge, skills and abilities so they can reach their potential into adulthood.
Vision: We aspire to be recognised as national experts in empowering young people to grow beyond the impacts of family mental illness.
Our program: We provide evidence-based, age appropriate prevention and early intervention mental health services embedded within a peer-based social and activity-based format.
Our program is a mental health intervention for children, ages 8-18, who are impacted by familial mental illness. Our program combines recreational and creative fun activities embedded with psycho-educational modules that occurs in a non-clinical social environment. It is built around age-appropriate weekend camps, activity days and online ‘Connect’ sessions.
The program companions the young person through their formative years, including them in recreational activities that emphasise connectedness, self-value and personal achievements including physical and arts/ crafts activities. Within this recreational format is incorporated “Kooka-Resilience” mental health modules designed to build resilience, help-seeking and mental health awareness in the young person while “sharing the journey” with new friends and family.
Kookaburra Kids is a national organisation which began in Sydney in 2002.