Join with Save the Children to support Syrian children’s mental health and wellbeing


What’s happening?

Over the past six years, the children in Syria have been bombed and starved, through the war that continues on, inviting new and previously unimaginable depths of violence against children, and violations of international law by all sides. They have seen their friends and families die before their eyes, be buried under rubble when missiles strike their homes, they have watched their schools and hospitals destroyed, been denied food, medicine and vital aid, and been torn apart from their families and friends as they flee the fighting.

The longer the war is allowed to continue, the greater the long-term impact on children will be.

“The children are psychologically crushed and tired. When we do activities like singing with them, they don’t respond at all. They don’t laugh like they would normally. They draw images of children being butchered in the war, or tanks, or the siege and the lack of food.” – Teacher in Madaya, Syria

Research conducted by Save the Children found that, in relation to these children’s mental health and wellbeing;

  • ongoing bombing and shelling is the number one cause of psychological stress in children’s daily lives.
  • two out of every three children have either lost a loved one, had their house bombed or shelled, or suffered war-related injuries.
  • 50% of people said they knew of children who had lost the ability to speak or suffer from speech impediments since the start of the war.
  • loss of education is having a huge psychological impact on children’s lives, with half the children who are still able to attend school saying that they never or rarely feel safe there.

It’s not too late – join with Save the Children to urge the Australian Government to be part of a global commitment to support children’s mental health and wellbeing in emergencies.

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:


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