The Annual Mission Australia Youth Survey has, for the first time in its history, found that the most important issue to Australian young people is MENTAL HEALTH.
The survey report reveals that concerns about mental health have doubled since 2015 and tripled since 2011. Other top issues of national concern included alcohol and drugs and equity and discrimination. … Many of the personal concerns reported by young people relate to their own mental health, including coping with stress, body image and depression, and mental health was also identified by many young people as a possible barrier to achieving their work or study goals after school. This reinforces that much more needs to be done to ensure that young people can access the right mental health supports when they need them.
From Highlights from the 2017 Youth Survey at https://www.missionaustralia.com.au/what-we-do/research-evaluation/youth-survey
This only serves to emphasise how vital “the right mental health supports” for young people are and that including young people themselves in the process of developing these services is the only way to ensure that what is available meets their needs. This means that the contributions of those with direct experience of caring for young people with mental health issues is essential as not only can severe and/or complex youth mental health issues unfortunately prohibit the active involvement of some young people themselves but carers and families have their own needs and issues and clinical professionals in treatment roles have valuable perspectives.
Working TOGETHER – respecting and valuing the input of every individual with relevant experience – will always achieve the best outcomes. And that’s what Australia’s young people need.
HOW TO SHAPE THE FUTURE OF YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Any young person or carer in Queensland who is not currently making an active contribution to the PLANNING of the BEST services possible to support young people with mental health issues can do so if they wish. To find out ways to directly participate, contact HEALTH CONSUMERS QUEENSLAND via:
EMAIL TO LEONIE SANDERSON (the Engagement Advisor specifically for Youth Mental Health): Leonie.Sanderson@hcq.org.au
PHONE: 07 3012 9090
NOTE: There are always ways that your privacy and identity can be protected should that be a priority.
The range of contribution/involvement approaches allow for different levels and types of commitment. These span online surveys or email/phone comments via HCQ TO active membership of committees/groups/workshops to achieve specific objectives.
The severeyouthmentalhealth website also endeavours to keep people updated as to particular activities underway via the Get Involved! page
The full Mission Australia report, along with
an infographics document of 2 pages which illustrates the key findings of the survey and
an analysis which compares responses from major cities and regional areas
is available from the Mission Australia website here
In addition, news reports with summary information and regional relevance are accessible via the links below:
The Brisbane Times – Mental Health the Number Issue for Young Queenslanders
NewsCorp – Young Australians worry most about mental health, Mission Australia survey finds
The World Today, ABC – Mental health ‘biggest national issue’ for young people – survey (audio)
The Educator – Students’ mental health concerns double since 2015 – survey
The West Australian – Mental health an increasing concern for young West Aussies, survey reveals
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Following the news posted recently about the engagement of two independent organisations to review the alignment and transition arrangements between adolescent and adult mental health services in Queensland, Health Consumers Queensland is hosting a forum run by Health Outcomes International to ensure the most important voices are heard on this issue i.e.
| the views of older adolescents and young people who have lived experience of mental health issues and have had contact with mental health services.
Young people from 18 to 27 years are encouraged to attend, dial in to videoconference or submit their input to the issues being discussed via email. Through whatever means young people with experience in this area are able to communicate their opinions, it’s important that they are heard. It’s only through knowing what’s been happening that isn’t working that those approaches can be changed and we can put all our efforts into ensuring that the support, processes and services that will actually help are made available. SO … the independent reviewers are doing best to make sure that young people can gather together in a neutral environment – without service providers or government representatives – to air their concerns. This will take place at
|Health Consumers Queensland Level 9, 217 George Street BRISBANE QLD 4000
on Thursday 1 June 2017, 1.30 pm – 3.00pm (approximately 1.5 hours)
(If you need to bring a support person, please indicate that in your RSVP and be aware that this forum is to allow free-flowing discussion between young people so all attendees should help to foster that environment.)
FULL DETAILS of the youth forum are on the flyer that can be viewed/downloaded here.
The independent reviewers understand, though, that not everyone will have the capacity to attend. But that doesn’t mean those young people can’t have their say.
| For more information about linking in by videoconference, or to request an interpreter please contact Samantha Battams: 08 83633699 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Young people can also use the Word document available here to download or copy/paste into an email to give feedback on any of the issues to be discussed. They can then send these to either Samantha Battams or to Leonie Sanderson (Health Consumers Queensland) with the assurance that their comments will be included without any identifying information included. Privacy and confidentiality are recognised as vital in this process so HOI have guaranteed that …
| The session will be confidential in that no-one will be individually identified in the review.
Please share this post with anyone you know who may have valuable experience in this area. The only chance we have to repair/replace the areas of the system that are failing is if the true experts – those who’ve lived through direct experience of transition from adolescent to adult services – provide their insights. The benefits to other young people in the future will be immeasurable.
AND PLEASE DON’T FORGET … ANYONE with insights into the transition from adolescent to adult services for people with mental health issues in queensland can complete the independently run online surveY HERE.
The more you say, the more things can change.
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