Midwest Youth Mental Health Strategy

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Purpose

It’s widely accepted that youth mental health is an important issue, and one of the biggest health issues facing young Australians.

Mental health issues are more common outside of cities

Compared to those in major cities, young people living in regional and remote areas show heightened levels of psychological distress. Plus, mood disorders like depression and anxiety are twice as prevalent in remote areas as they are in cities.

It’s harder to get mental health help in regional and remote areas

Waiting lists, long travel times, stigma, social isolation, not youth friendly and generally being unsure or confused as to where to go are reasons given as to why it is so difficult.

We want to make it easier for young people in regional and remote areas to get help

The Midwest Youth Mental Health Strategy page is designed to support the activities being undertaken by consultant Jane Forward. Jane has been engaged to work with local youth mental health stakeholders to develop a regional strategy aimed at increasing better mental health access to primary health care for young people in the Midwest.

A phased development approach led by the people on the ground

There are three main phases to the Midwest Youth Mental Health Strategy project. First, we have been collecting information and perspective from people working on the ground and the young people that they support. This information is then made sense of by the project working party. The working party is made up of representatives from Geraldton, Gascoyne, Midwest or Murchison regions as well as youth representatives. The working party is tasked with looking at the data and all that they know about their region to inform the development of the strategy. Ultimately the strategy aims to bring about change in order to make it as easy as possible for a young person and their family to access the help they need for problems affecting their wellbeing. Once the draft strategy has been developed the last phase is to check with workers, policy makers and young people that we have got it right.

We want to hear from you

This page will give youth mental health service providers in the community the opportunity to converse, share ideas and opinions in order to shape the Midwest Youth Mental Health Strategy.

If you have not participated in a consultation session run by project consultant Jane Forward, or wish to draw our attention to some research or other information; then this is the place to share your opinion in the comment box below.

Once the strategy has been drafted we will also use this page to seek feedback.

All contributions are warmly welcome and feel free to contact Jane directly at janeforward@janefoward.com.au

Objective

WAPHA is committed to understanding current youth mental health pathways to create a strategy document to implement in the Midwest region by June 2018.

Purpose

It’s widely accepted that youth mental health is an important issue, and one of the biggest health issues facing young Australians.

Mental health issues are more common outside of cities

Compared to those in major cities, young people living in regional and remote areas show heightened levels of psychological distress. Plus, mood disorders like depression and anxiety are twice as prevalent in remote areas as they are in cities.

It’s harder to get mental health help in regional and remote areas

Waiting lists, long travel times, stigma, social isolation, not youth friendly and generally being unsure or confused as to where to go are reasons given as to why it is so difficult.

We want to make it easier for young people in regional and remote areas to get help

The Midwest Youth Mental Health Strategy page is designed to support the activities being undertaken by consultant Jane Forward. Jane has been engaged to work with local youth mental health stakeholders to develop a regional strategy aimed at increasing better mental health access to primary health care for young people in the Midwest.

A phased development approach led by the people on the ground

There are three main phases to the Midwest Youth Mental Health Strategy project. First, we have been collecting information and perspective from people working on the ground and the young people that they support. This information is then made sense of by the project working party. The working party is made up of representatives from Geraldton, Gascoyne, Midwest or Murchison regions as well as youth representatives. The working party is tasked with looking at the data and all that they know about their region to inform the development of the strategy. Ultimately the strategy aims to bring about change in order to make it as easy as possible for a young person and their family to access the help they need for problems affecting their wellbeing. Once the draft strategy has been developed the last phase is to check with workers, policy makers and young people that we have got it right.

We want to hear from you

This page will give youth mental health service providers in the community the opportunity to converse, share ideas and opinions in order to shape the Midwest Youth Mental Health Strategy.

If you have not participated in a consultation session run by project consultant Jane Forward, or wish to draw our attention to some research or other information; then this is the place to share your opinion in the comment box below.

Once the strategy has been drafted we will also use this page to seek feedback.

All contributions are warmly welcome and feel free to contact Jane directly at janeforward@janefoward.com.au

Objective

WAPHA is committed to understanding current youth mental health pathways to create a strategy document to implement in the Midwest region by June 2018.

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