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  • Kids Helpline @ School


    Tier 1: Positive Mental Health Promotion
    Tier 2: Early Intervention and Cohort Specific Support

    Program Description

    Kids Helpline @ High School is an early intervention and prevention program using video conferencing to increase students' mental health literacy and help-seeking behaviours to promote their online safety.

    The program is facilitated by qualified counsellors. Sessions are planned in collaboration with teachers, addressing a wide variety of topics including:

    • Introduction to Kids Helpline & Help Seeking
    • Apps & gaming
    • Online Safety
    • Being a school leader
    • Bullying and cyberbullying, being kind online
    • Developing resilience
    • Managing emotion
    • Balancing your tech time
    • Friendships
    • Thinking about social media
    • Safety
    • Positive online footprints
    • Peer Pressure

    Detailed Cost

    Kids Helpline @ School sessions are free for primary schools and costed at $550 inc. GST for secondary schools, funded by the Bupa Foundation and supplemented by in-kind contributions from yourtown.

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: Secondary school students.

    Program adaptability: Sessions are individually tailored in collaboration with teachers (via pre-session consults) to accommodate individual cohort needs, including cultural and language considerations and subject matter adjustments.

    Staffing: Time commitments for teachers include booking sessions and participating in 1 x 30-minute pre-session consult per session. The sessions themselves run between 30 and 60 minutes, with both students and teachers present, so backfill is not required.

    Training requirements: No training required. Schools will need to provide a working laptop with a webcam, video conferencing software (e.g. Microsoft Teams) and a projector to successfully implement the program.

    Factors to consider: Sessions must include at least 3 students.

    Australian context: This program has been developed and delivered in Australia.

    Strength of Evidence

    Level 3: Foundational and emerging evidence for program

    Geographic Location


    Intended Outcomes

    • Increase students' mental health literacy, digital citizenship, and help-seeking behaviours
    • Promote online safety and general wellbeing