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DRUMBEAT helps young people build healthy relationships.

DRUMBEAT helps young people build healthy relationships.


“I am happy that I spent timelearning the drums [because] it helped me create relationships,”

– DRUMBEAT participant.


Young people who struggle making and maintaining relationships often experience poor psychological health. With recent figures revealing 1 in 4 young Australians are at risk of serious mental illness, schools are investing in early interventions such as Holyoake’s DRUMBEAT.


In the Salisbury catchment area for Communities for Children, DRUMBEAT is run as a partnership between Baptist Care SA and The Salvation Army Ingle Farm. The award winning program
combines music, psychology and neurobiology to help young people build resilience and strengthen connections to self and others.


“The workshops help 8-12 year olds understand emotions and how to express them in a healthy way,” explains Baptist Care SA Counsellor Tegen Cushion.


“We also explore self-and social responsibility, empathy and how to recognise and understand healthy and unhealthy relationships. This really helps reduce anxiety and psychological distress.”


If your school would like more information contact Baptist Care SA on (08) 8209 5000.


This program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.