Young People At The Table To Discuss Mental Health

28th May 2020

Minister for Youth Ros Spence has met with young Victorian leaders to talk about the unprecedented mental health challenges facing young people during the coranavirus pandemic.

Young people, together with experts from Orygen, Beyond Blue, headspace and Switchboard will discuss the impacts of coronavirus and how we can work to improve mental health outcomes for young people in the immediate and long term.

Young people have been disproportionately affected by coronavirus, with loss of employment, increased financial and housing insecurity and social isolation.

They are also reporting a significant increase in mental health concerns and loneliness. Devastatingly, experts predict this will lead to a growth in mental illness and suicide among young people.

A roundtable on 28 May, will be a provide a great opportunity to discuss how the Andrews Labor Government can work with the experts to prioritise supports for young people at risk – and the lessons we can learn from the pandemic for future reforms.

Mental health  is a priority during the pandemic, and $59.4 million in surge funding has been provided for increased demand for mental healh services and an additional $19.5 million to fast track the delivery of  recommendations from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System’s interim report.

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