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Wednesday 27 September 2023, 11:00am

The Resilience Project announces biggest kids show tour, tackling depression and anxiety in primary-school aged children.

THE RESILIENCE PROJECT is tackling children’s mental health with a high-energy kids show tour across Victoria this September. Running their biggest tour yet, ‘3 Happy Tricks’ will visit Frankston, Dandenong, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Darebin, Ballarat, Geelong, Bendigo and Shepparton in the Term 3 school holidays from September 18-27.

Through music, storytelling and plenty of laughs, The Resilience Project’s most engaging and entertaining presenter Martin Heppell will teach children aged 5–10 and their parents ‘3 Happy Tricks’. And it couldn’t come at a more crucial time.  

New research has revealed that 1 in 4 primary students are experiencing symptoms of depression. And almost 1 in 3 are experiencing symptoms of anxiety. 

“Kids have so many different challenges to navigate in today’s world and combine this with the difficulties of the last couple of years, it’s no wonder we are seeing such confronting statistics about our children’s mental health,” says Hugh van Cuylenburg, The Resilience Project’s founder and best-selling author.

“Martin is unbelievable, there is no-one like him! I couldn't think of anyone better to help kids and their parents understand how much fun they can have looking after their mental health!” Hugh continued.

More than one million Australians have heard Hugh’s message of practicing gratitude, empathy and mindfulness (affectionately known as GEM) through his two books, chart-topping podcast The Imperfects, and thousands of talks across Australia - including schools, workplaces, sporting clubs.

These shows are a great opportunity for families across the state to learn how to incorporate GEM into their daily routine and help children improve their wellbeing. 

A father of three, Martin Heppell is a former Assistant Principal and AFL player who has delivered more than 1,000 presentations for The Resilience Project. 

Having grown up in a tribe in Borneo in South East Asia, Martin’s boundless energy, incredible sense of humour, and compassion for people of all walks of life make him the perfect person to help kids work through difficult feelings and take steps towards better mental health. 

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