March 20, 2020

Report released – Review of Children and Young People in the ACT

Last year over 800 people from the ACT contributed their voices to the Review of Children and Young people’s mental health. This included 300 young people under the age of 25 years. Mental Illness Education ACT (MIEACT) played a lead role in the community consultation and this is a great example of community and Government working together to improve the lives of young Canberrans.

Today the report is released by the Office of Mental Health and Wellbeing and MIEACT had an opportunity to discuss with Shane Rattenbury MLA.

“This report is the result of a true partnership with our community to broadly understand what works, what needs to be improved and importantly, to gain an insight into what issues young people are facing,” Minister Rattenbury said.

The main issue identified by young people is “coping with stress and anxiety” for those under the age of 12 years the main issue was “experiencing bullying. Barriers to accessing help included “wait for access” and “affordability”.

While “stigma” was still identified as a barrier, in response to this young people identified the need for practical strategies to respond to mental ill-health.

Three recommendations have been identified with prospective projects to respond to these areas.

Read the report here