Bring A Counsellor To School
What Is It?
Kids Helpline @ School is a free program which allows Australian primary schools to invite Kids Helpline counsellors into their classrooms via video link or phone.
Since June 2013 over 11,500 primary school students have participated in the program.
What Topics Are Currently Available?
Teachers can determine what topic they'd like their class to engage with or we have built sessions around the most common issues kids look up on our website, these include:
What Do Students Get Out Of It?
The opportunity to talk with a counsellor during a group discussion about things impacting on their lives. Sessions aim to improve mental health literacy in primary school aged children, promote resilience and encourage help seeking behaviours.
How Are Teachers Involved?
Teachers are involved in booking the session, assisting the counsellor to develop the session topic based on the needs of their class and school, and play an important role in co-facilitating the session with the Kids Helpline counsellor. Each session has been developed in line with the General Capabilities of the Australian Curriculum.
Does It Include One-On-One Support?
The classroom based sessions do not offer individual counselling, however, the students are introduced to Kids Helpline which is our 24 hour, 7 day a week, free, telephone and online counselling service for 5 to 25 year olds. Students will be invited to contact us should they express the need for assistance during the classroom session.
How Do I Find Out More?
To find out more, contact the Kids Helpline @ School Project Officer, Lauren Saul on 07 3867 1284 or firstname.lastname@example.org.