Open discussion about mental health issues has lost a lot of the stigma it used to have in years gone by. But one aspect of mental health that we don’t hear a lot about is the impact on children growing up with parents struggling with mental health issues, diagnosed or otherwise.
Luckily we have organisations such as Kookaburra Kids to cater for the needs of these children. I spoke to board chair Patricia Reid and board director Lee Knight on the podcast and found out about the fantastic work they are doing with their team of paid and volunteer staff throughout Australia.
While they shared some disturbing statistics, such as 23% of Australian children living in families impacted by mental illness, amounting to 644,000 children in the 8-18 age group alone, they also gave good cause for an optimistic outlook, sharing the strategies and programs they are implementing throughout the country.
It was an uplifting discussion and gave a lot of food for thought about the unsung heroes who are working behind the scenes helping the next generation become more resilient.