Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

New Youth Mental Health Programme Launched

Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

New Youth Mental Health Programme Launched

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AUSTRALIA

A $50 million programme aimed at improving services for young people living with mental illness has been launched by the Australian government.

The Headspace programme, which brings together a coalition of agencies with considerable expertise in the field of mental health, will focus on promoting better education and access to treatment for the one million young Australians affected by mental illness every year.

Headspace consortium members are aiming to establish 30 youth-based mental health centres across Australia over the next three years. The scheme will also provide grants, training and community awareness activities, and will set up a Centre of Excellence in Melbourne aimed at analysing the latest research in the areas of youth mental health and substance use.

Agencies already involved with the programme include the ORYGEN Research Centre, the Australian Psychological Society and the Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney. …

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