Tasmanian regional and rural schools will benefit from a new mental health support program to be rolled out soon.
Smiling Mind, a mental health not-for-profit, has opened applications nationwide for its Smiling Mind Regional and Rural Schools Program.
Chief executive officer Dr Addie Wootten said one in seven children young people aged between four and 17 experience a mental health disorder.
"If we can teach children skills and [mental health tools] early in life, it sets them up for the rest of their lives.
"The program is focused on regional and rural schools across the country and that definitely means the north of Tasmania."
The program was driven by a $2.5 million funding boost from the Australian government and will impact 600 regional and rural schools across Tasmania.
The participating schools will receive access to the not-for-profit's training and resources to roll out the program - which will be delivered entirely online over three terms.
"By offering an online, evidence-based mindfulness program, we are able to provide Australian children with equal access to mental health tools, without cost and regardless of where they are located," Dr Wootten said.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt acknowledged how important the program was.
"The government understands how important it is to equip young people with the skills to build resilience and maintain good mental health throughout their life, and are proud to partner with Smiling Mind to deliver this vital program nationwide," he said.
"This program will provide practical training, resources and support in up to 600 schools in regional and remote areas, reaching teachers and students in communities that may not have had access otherwise."
To register a school in the program or for more information visit smilingmind.com.au/regional-and-rural-schools-program.
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