Youth mental health policy development – Federal Opposition
9th March 2017
CEO Kris Trott this week participated in a policy discussion on youth mental health facilitated by Federal Shadow Assistant Minister for Mental Health Senator Deb O’Neill.
Statistics highlighted by Mission Australia show half of all lifetime mental health disorders emerge by the age 14 and three quarters by age 24. Sadly, access to mental health services for this age group is amongst the worst, with community awareness and availability of services being significant barriers.
QAMH engaged in the discussion with representatives from organisations including headspace, MATES in Construction, Open Minds, Children’s Health Queensland, Brisbane Youth Service and state bodies.
Key issues including the implementation of the NDIS and its accessibility for young people with mental health problems, the NDIS in schools, making mental health support programs more available in schools, the level of housing support for young people at risk of homelessness and a more coordinated approach between the federal and state governments were all canvassed.
QAMH will continue to engage with all major parties and all levels of government to help shape and influence youth mental health policy and improve outcomes. Members with any feedback or lived experience are encouraged to share their stories so we can highlight these issues in future policy discussions.