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Working together for better youth mental health

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing

International and Australian mental health experts have gathered today in Hobart as part of a two-day forum to help develop an integrated youth mental health system, to better address the needs of young Tasmanians.

Tasmania’s Youth Mental Health Forum brought policy makers, practitioners, service providers and young people together to discuss emerging themes within youth mental health such as a lack of awareness of services and support, and how to better coordinate existing services.

Importantly, the Forum gives young people the opportunity to discuss their experiences of mental health services, including any barriers they have identified to receiving the right care and support.

Hosted by the Mental Health Council of Tasmania, the forum will also provide an opportunity to showcase work underway in response to the Mental Health Integration Taskforce report.

The Government’s response to the Taskforce’s report will deliver broader systemic change, with a review of the model of care for the Child and Adolescent mental health service to be undertaken focusing on the integration of services across inpatient and community settings.

The Hodgman majority Liberal Government is committed to increasing access to mental health services for all Tasmanians, and particularly our youth.

For the first time in Tasmania, we are building acute facilities at our major hospitals for young people with mental health issues who need urgent clinical support.

The Mental Health Council of Tasmania organised the forum in partnership with Primary Health Tasmania and the Department of Health.