Today is World Mental Health Day. The challenges and pressures facing our kids and all of us today are enormous: the impact of screen time, issues around social media, poor body image, low self esteem, increasing mental health issues, substance abuse, and so much more. Volunteering has the ability to offer both an antidote as well as a cure for depression. Volunteering is a two way street, giving children and families an opportunity to change lives, including their own. Children develop compassion as they learn the value of giving to others and come to recognize and appreciate the goodness in their own lives.

Read more here, and get your kids involved in volunteering now – they’re never too young to start

One in seven young Australians or 13.9% children and adolescents aged 4-17 years experienced a mental health condition between 2013-14, which is equivalent to an estimated 560,000 Australian children and adolescents.
One in fourteen young Australians (6.9%) aged 4-17 experienced an anxiety disorder in 2015.

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