KDPR and Kids Helpline have celebrated the success of the Kids Helpline @ School program, with more than 4,000 children benefiting in the first year. An extra 3,300 primary students have already participated in the innovative sessions which bring a counsellor into the classroom via a phone or video link (and we’re just into the second year!)

In partnership with Optus, Kids Helpline @ School is a free, early intervention and prevention program available to all primary schools across Australia. Teachers or school counsellors identify a class they think might benefit from the program and contact Kids Helpline to set up a session.

Kids Helpline General Manager Wendy Protheroe said the program was a response to a demand from children seeking help from the Kids Helpline website.

Ms Protheroe said young children aged 5 to 12 are increasingly turning to the Hot Topics section of the website to seek information across topics including bullying, anxiety and coping with change at school.