NSW Youth Health Policy Consultation

31 October 2016

Mental health problems are common among young people in Australia and if not addressed can have long-lasting and costly consequences for the individual and community. Half of all anxiety, mood, impulse-control, and substance use disorders start by age 14 and three quarters by age 24. Intentional self-harm is the leading cause of death among those aged 15-24 years. Aboriginal young people are particularly at risk.

This submission responds to an invitation from the NSW Ministry of Health to contribute to the new NSW Youth Health Policy. The new Policy will build on the Youth Health Policy 2011-2016: Healthy bodies, healthy minds, vibrant futures, and should contribute to the implementation of related reforms including Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014-2024.

The NSW Mental Health Commission asserts that actions to address mental health problems in young people must be front and centre in the new policy. Systems and strategies must be flexible and attractive for young people and must cover the spectrum from universal to specialist supports. The NSW Government must take a cross-agency approach with key agencies such as NSW Health, Education, and Family and Community Services collaborating in their responses to the health needs of young people. All policy and program responses must be developed in partnership with young people.

Here is the consultation paper that the submission responds to:

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