The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists welcomes the federal government’s announcement of a $100 million funding increase to youth mental health services.
With one in four young people having had an experience of mental ill health in the last 12 months, the RANZCP is a strong advocate of the urgent need to improve the prevention and treatment of mental illness for young Australians.
Childhood experiences, developmental trajectories and environments are foundational in the shaping of the mental health and resilience of adults.
However, psychiatrists are too often faced with the consequences for young people and their families of inadequate recognition and treatment of childhood mental health issues, which can contribute to developmental and relationship problems, loss of education years and employment prospects and even serious harm.
The RANZCP commends Health Minister Greg Hunt MP on this announcement and welcomes the funding increase which will help support BeyondBlue’s school-based Mental Health in Education initiative, the creation of new Headspace centers, and provide more funding to Kids Helpline, ReachOut, Suicide Callback Service and QLifes’ telephone, webchat and online mental health help services.
For more information about the funding announcement see $100m funding boost for school mental health programs and Headspace centres
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The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is a membership organisation that prepares medical specialists in the field of psychiatry, supports and enhances clinical practice, advocates for people affected by mental illness and advises governments on mental health care. For information about our work, our members or our history, visit www.ranzcp.org.