26 September 2023

Mental health at front of mind

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An investigation into the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in the ACT is open for public input.

Coordinator-General of the Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing, Elizabeth Moore said the review was being undertaken in partnership with Mental Illness Education ACT, the Youth Coalition, Capital Health Network and Families ACT.

Dr Moore said hearing from the community about their experiences was a critical part of the project.

“Through the review we want to know what people have found that promotes good mental health in our children and young people and prevents mental illness in the ACT context,” Dr Moore said.

“We want to understand current challenges and potential service gaps so we can develop solutions that will make a difference to the mental health and wellbeing of young people,” she said.

“This is part of ensuring young Canberrans can access the right services at an early stage, before mental health conditions become more acute.”

She said it was important the Department hear from children and young people, their parents and carers and health care providers working across the sector about their experiences.

Dr Moore said workshops were being held throughout the month with the last in the series next Monday (26 August) at Manuka Oval in Griffith.

More information, including the YourSay survey can be accessed at this PS News link.

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