Mental health

The news and events below come from the ACYS news feed and Youth Field Xpress, our monthly newsletter, and the ACYS calendar.

Current news

Young people with asthma at higher risk of preventable mental illness

The Young and Well national survey of 533 young people with asthma aged 12 to 25 years found more than half the participants were likely to have a mental health issue, compared to one in four in the general population. Results indicate that the majority of young people rely on symptom relief as opposed to engaging in preventative measures, and uncontrolled asthma reduced participation in school and social events

The national survey of 533 young people with asthma aged 12 to 25 years found more than half the participants were likely to have a mental health issue, compared to one in four in the general population. Results indicate that the majority of young people rely on symptom relief as opposed to engaging in preventative measures, and uncontrolled asthma reduced participation in school and social events. - See more at:
The national survey of 533 young people with asthma aged 12 to 25 years found more than half the participants were likely to have a mental health issue, compared to one in four in the general population. Results indicate that the majority of young people rely on symptom relief as opposed to engaging in preventative measures, and uncontrolled asthma reduced participation in school and social events. - See more at:

20 Jan 2015


Stresses on young Aussies leading to mental health fragility

HOONS, tarts, louts, 'waste of space', revheads, layaboutslayabouts, bogans - the list goes on. Ask any young person and they can name a number of terms used to describe them. And likewise these are the images which are used to portray them in the majority of media  coverage: slovenly, rude, unkempt, unemployable and uninterested.


15 Jan 2015


Homestead visits key to mentall health in rural Queensland

Not everyone wants to see a doctor when they’re feeling down, let alone a psychologist. But, it seems one service in north Queensland is finding a way help to rural families struggling through drought.


15 Jan 2015


Biteback launches competition for young people

Biteback has launched a competition to encourage young people to think about what positive things are coming up for them personally in 2015. There will be prize packs for the most captivating, genuine, and meaningful entries. Original article


22 Dec 2014


Gillard to become a director of beyondblue

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard is to join the board of the national mental-health not-for-profit beyondblue, which was founded by former Victorian  Premier Jeff Kennett. Original article


18 Dec 2014


Seclusion rates highest in adolescents

Information from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that seclusion rates in mental health facilities have fallen but are still highest for adolescents, although their period of seclusion is the shortest. Original article


17 Dec 2014


How to deal with exam results has a fact sheet online to help young people deal with exam results. Original article


17 Dec 2014 resources for the holidays has compiled a printable list of its top resources for young people for the holiday period, including life after school, boredom, partying, friend/family conflict, and isolation and loneliness. Original article

10 Dec 2014


Call for suicide policy in all schools

The Black Dog Institute has called for a suicide prevention policy in Australian schools that includes prevention programs, goals for positive mental health and guidelines for managing suicidal behaviour. Original article

01 Dec 2014


Disconnect between concerns of parents and young people

New research by headspace has uncovered a disconnect between the concerns parents have for young people and the issues young people say they are most likely to be facing. The research marks the launch of a new campaign designed to help parents recognise the early warning signs that their son or daughter may need support for a mental health problem. Original article

20 Nov 2014


Study finds stress a predictor of body dissatisfaction in adolescents

Researchers at the Australian National University investigating the role of adolescent stress in body dissatisfaction have found that stress made adolescents feel worse about themselves in general and caused them to focus more on their body when evaluating themselves. Original article


10 Nov 2014


New UK guide to youth mental health services

The Mental Health Foundation and Paul Hamlyn Foundation in the UK have launched a new guide titled ‘How to commission better mental health and wellbeing services for young people’. Original article


05 Nov 2014


Australian phone app to improve young people's mental health

Researchers at the Queensland University of Technology working with the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre have developed a mobile phone app, called Music eScape, which uses customised music playlists to help young people cope with anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. Original article  

14 Oct 2014


Reach.Out honoured with award’s commitment to continuous innovation has been recognised with the A&NZ Mental Health Services Gold Achievement Award, which emphasised’s leadership in online mental health promotion. Original article


10 Sep 2014


World Suicide Prevention Day 10 September

Suicide Prevention Australia is coordinating the National Coalition for Suicide Prevention (NCSP), which draws on a collective impact framework and already involves 25 not-for-profits. It aims to halve the rate of suicide over the next decade. Original article.


10 Sep 2014


Research shows program improves improves students’ mental health literacy

The Black Dog Institute comparted data from New South Wales students who took part in its mental health literacy program HeadStrong with students who participated in the standard secondary school PDHPE (Personal Development, Health and Physical Education) curriculum. The researchers found those undertaking the HeadStrong program scored higher on a mental health literacy test than their peers. Original article


04 Sep 2014


Experts call for more rural mental health services

Mental health experts have called for more mental health nurses, more effective telehealth services and more ‘home grown’ mental health workers to deal with the higher rates of mental health issues, including higher rates of suicide among young men, in rural communities. Original article


01 Sep 2014


Reaching out to policymakers

ReachOut is asking for public support to produce a Virtual Tour to show policymakers that an anonymous online space designed specifically for young people is critical to helping them make it through everything that life throws at them. Original article

03 Jun 2014


China’s Web Junkies

This video looks at the Internet Addiction Treatment Center, where Chinese teenagers who have been diagnosed as having "internet addiction" are deprogrammed.  Original article

22 Jan 2014


Advances in the prevention and early intervention of eating disorders: The potential of Internet-delivered approaches

This paper published in Mental Health & Prevention investigates the use of online intervention services, and profiles a European initiative, ProYouth.  Original article  

22 Jan 2014


Half of teens outgrow depression and anxiety

A study from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute found that half of girls and almost one-third of boys have an episode of depression or anxiety in their teens but that this rates drop sharply when young people reach their 20s. Original article

17 Jan 2014


Smash the Stigma

Channel Ten's morning program, Wake Up, presented a segment on young Australians experiencing mental health issues.  Original article

15 Jan 2014


headspace — Australia’s innovation in youth mental health: who are the clients and why are they presenting?

This research report published in the Medical Journal of Australia provides the first national profile of the characteristics of young people (aged 12–25 years) accessing headspace centre services, and investigates whether headspace is providing early service access for adolescents and young adults with emerging mental health problems. Original article  

14 Jan 2014


Prevalence of diagnosed depression in adolescents with history of concussion

This study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health analysed the association between previous concussion and current depression diagnosis. Original article

14 Jan 2014


An overview of the risks and opportunities surrounding social media and the reporting of mental illness and suicide

Mindframe, in collaboration with The Hunter Institute of Mental Health, has published its final report investigating communication by the media and other sectors around mental illness and suicide via social media. Original article  

13 Jan 2014


Resolutions kit has resources to help young people and those supporting them to plan their commitments for a happy and healthy 2014. Original article

08 Jan 2014


Starting at a new school has information for young people navigating the changes involved in starting at a new school. Original article  

02 Jan 2014


Debate surrounds the headspace model of mental health services

With the number of headspace centres across the country set to increase to 100 by the year 2016, those in the sector are anxious to see what impact they have had on young mental health. Original article  

18 Nov 2013


New app to support young men’s mental wellbeing

One of Australia’s leading online youth mental health services has released a new app specifically designed for young men aged 17+; it’s called The Sorter. Original article


16 Oct 2013


$5M to build youth e-mental health platform

In addition to expanding the number of headspace services across the country, the federal government has committed $5 million over three years to help fund the development of a comprehensive e-mental health platform for young people. Original article  

11 Oct 2013


How to address depression in teenage girls? Start early

An evaluation of an Australian early intervention program has shown that educating parents when girls are of preschool age can have lasting effects on their likelihood of developing depression and anxiety in adolescence. Original article  

10 Oct 2013


Getting the facts about refugee and migrant mental health in Australia

A recent report published by the National Mental Health Commission looks at the mental health issues faced by migrants and refugees and notes that young refugees in particular are at greatest risk of developing depressive symptoms. Original article

09 Oct 2013


Mental Health Week 2013

The Mental Health Council of Australia is promoting events across the country this week, with World Mental Health Day on 10 October.  Original article  

07 Oct 2013


New research on technology and wellbeing

The Young and Well CRC publishes new research in the area of technology and wellbeing. Recent publications include reviews of videogames and wellbeing, and how technology affects young men's mental health. Original article

23 Sep 2013


Psychological treatments for eating disorders

Recent changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) have prompted clinicians and academics alike to consider the progress of eating disorders treatment. Original article  

23 Sep 2013


Racism linked to depression and anxiety in youth

An international review led by the University of Melbourne has found children and young people experience poor mental health, depression and anxiety following experiences of racism. Original article  

20 Sep 2013


Youth mental health needs in regional areas

University of Sydney School of Rural Health associate professor Catherine Hawke would like to see a youth forum set up in central west NSW. Original article  

17 Sep 2013


The web may be key to youth alcoholism and depression

The DEAL Project - for DEpression and ALcohol - from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre is the first online brief intervention that aims to address both conditions together, in a program specially designed for young people. Original article  

17 Sep 2013


Children of parents with a mental illness: Views of intervention

This study conducted by Monash University seeks the input of young people between the ages of 8-17 who have a parent with a mental illness. Original article

17 Sep 2013


Useful research: August

ReachOut: Pro provides a wrap-up of recent research into youth mental health and wellbeing. Original article  

13 Sep 2013


Computer game to support face-to-face therapy

gNats Island is a computer game that implements key aspects of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). It is designed to support face-to-face clinical interventions with adolescents. Original article  

12 Sep 2013


Research: Young people with first experience of mental health problem

This research project led by the Social Policy Research Centre of UNSW will evaluate the outcomes, process and cost effectiveness of the Time Out House Initiative (TOHI) in Queensland. Original article  

11 Sep 2013


Social media becoming 'barometer' for self-harm as rates rise

The ABC's 7.30 program has investigated the link between websites such as Tumblr and self-harm among teenage girls, amid reports of a significant increase in cases. Original article  

11 Sep 2013


New website for parents supporting young people's mental health

The website, Parenting Strategies: Protecting your child's mental health, provides advice for parents on how to help and inform their children about alcohol misbuse, and depression and anxiety. Original article

09 Sep 2013


Young people, mental health and employment

Orygen Youth Health Research Centre's Eoin Killackey writes on employment, education and young people in the third IAYMH 2013 blog from the Young and Well CRC. Original article  

09 Sep 2013


Do young people’s multiple problems need modular solutions?

The shortage of accessible, organized practice information for services that work with youth when mental disorders are compounded by psychosocial problems (such as drug misuse, homelessness and criminal behavior) is highlighted in an article by Penelope Fay Mitchell of the Youth Support and Advocacy Service in Melbourne, Australia. Original article  

06 Sep 2013


New statistics reveal dramatic increase in self-harm hospitalisations for young Australian women

Figures released this week by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show that in 2010-2011, there were more than 26,000 hospitalisations for self-harm across Australia. Original article  

26 Aug 2013


Centres for Research Excellence funding announced

A team led by the University of Sydney's Brain & Mind Research Institute received funding for the Centre of Research Excellence in Optimising Early Interventions for Young People with Emerging Mood Disorder. Original article  

22 Aug 2013


Advice from other young people on living with a parent with mental illness

Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) spoke to teens living with parents who have a mental illness about the best advice they would give other young people. Original article  

21 Aug 2013


Digital self-harm: teens tap out an online cry for help

An emerging online trend shows teenagers are anonymously posting cruel remarks about themselves on social media. Original article  

21 Aug 2013


International Youth Mental Health Conference

In the lead-up to the conference, to be held at the end of September in the UK, the Young and Well CRC will be posting a series of blog posts by participants. Original article  

20 Aug 2013


Young people suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder can soon get free treatment online

A website for OCD sufferers aged 12 to 18 will be launched by Curtin University later this year. Original article  

16 Aug 2013


Anorexia parallels with autism discovered by Cambridge University team

Experts at the Autism Research Centre believe the discovery points to new ways of combating the eating disorder. Original article  

13 Aug 2013


Mental health of young people in NSW prisons

A report released by the Australian Human Rights Commission said 87% of young people in NSW prisons have a mental health condition (including alcohol or drug-related problems), compared with 22% of the general population. Original article  

09 Aug 2013


headspace Aboriginal & Torrest Strait Islander Youth Reference Group

Applications are now open for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to work with headspace and our advertising agency to develop some new campaign concepts and marketing materials. Original article  

08 Aug 2013


Patients as young as 12 booking into rehab to beat addiction to social networking sites

Those afflicted with "Facebook depression" are seeking treatment in spa retreats in a desperate bid to wean themselves off social networking. Original article  

30 Jul 2013


Game On: Exploring the Impact of Technologies on Young Men's Mental Health and Wellbeing

The first Young and Well National Survey, a study of young men from across Australia, uncovered alarming statistics that suggest the current mental health system is failing young men. More information  

23 Jul 2013


Movember expands its mental health agenda

In line with Movember’s new global mental health strategy, the organisation will now address an expanded number of key mental health challenges affecting Australian men. Original article


18 Jul 2013


Depression worsens risk of accidents for young drivers

According to research from the University of the Sunshine Coast Accident Research, young drivers most at risk of crashing have higher rates of depression and anxiety than their peers and are being largely overlooked by road education programs. Original article

11 Jul 2013


Talking Self-harm

This document produced by Cello working in partnership with teen mental health charity, YoungMinds in the UK provides the results of a year-long research study into self-harm among young people. Original article  

09 Jul 2013


A review of the provision of youth mental health services in NSW

The Social Policy Research Centre have undertaken a review to identify the key elements of a model for delivery of effective mental health services in NSW for young people, and to make recommendations as to how current service models can be improved to ensure that future mental health service delivery reflects the key components of an effective model. Original article  

03 Jul 2013


SPARX: The game that treats depression finds a publisher, planned for this fall

The game first came to the attention of the public when a clinical trial involving it was published in the British Medical Journal in 2012. The clinical trial found that not only was playing the game as effective as receiving face-to-face treatment with a trained counselor, on the secondary measure of remission, it was more effective. Original article  

27 Jun 2013


Targeting mental illness in the young

Early intervention programs for young people with mental health issues could save lives, alleviate suffering and save millions of dollars a year, high-profile speakers have told an audience at the UNSW Medicine Dean’s lecture. Original article  

27 Jun 2013


Are our children over diagnosed?

Recently, Young and Well CRC CEO Jane Burns took part in an Intelligence Squared Debate for The Wheeler Centre arguing against the notion that our children are over diagnosed. Original article  

25 Jun 2013


Using technology in clinical practice: where do I start?

Young and Well CRC Professionals Manager Kellie Howe reflects on the APS Workshop 'Is there a psychologist in my pocket.' Original article


12 Jun 2013


beyondblue: Youth health & community sector survey

beyondblue’s Child & Youth Team would like to hear from professionals working in the youth health and community sector to find out what resources they would like to see for youth depression and anxiety. Original article


06 Jun 2013


$30 billion cost of neglecting youth mental health

At a conference on youth mental health in Montreal, Canada, on 27 May, Pat McGorry of the University of Melbourne said neglecting mental health problems in young people costs Australia $30 billion a year. He also denounced what he described as psychiatric bigotry when it comes to caring for the mentally ill. Original story  

30 May 2013


Kids Helpline launch annual appeal as calls to the service increase

Australia’s only national children’s counselling service, Kids Helpline has launched a new fundraising appeal aimed at providing more counsellors, as new data points to a spike of calls regarding family relationship concerns. Original article  

28 May 2013


New funding to broaden mental health services

New government funding would allow headspace to broaden its service to deliver nine early psychosis youth services across Australia to support young people with more complex mental illnesses. Original article  

27 May 2013


Engaging young people in the development of a National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

This report prepared by the Young and Well CRC and Batyr for the Mental Health Commission engaged young people to discuss their mental health and wellbeing needs and how a report card could be used to deliver programs and services. Original article


24 May 2013


Father absence in early childhood linked to depression in adolescent girls

New research from the Children of the 90s study at the University of Bristol shows that girls whose fathers were absent during the first five years of life were more likely to develop depressive symptoms in adolescence than girls whose fathers left when they were aged five to ten years or than boys in both age groups (0-5 and 5-10), even after a range of factors was taken into account. Original article  

22 May 2013


DSM-5: What is it?

The latest release of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) has solicited a great deal of discussion. What is the manual, and what does it mean for identifying and managing mental health issues? More information  

21 May 2013


Youth reach out for mental health help online

A study by the Inspire Foundation has found that young people in distress are more likely to look for mental health help online rather than seek help from a professional. Original article  

17 May 2013


Video: Outcomes from the Young People, Social Media and Suicide Prevention Roundtable

What are the risks, challenges and opportunities presented by social media to promoting mental health and suicide in young people? the Youth and Well CRC presents the outcomes from the Roundtable on Young People, Social Media and Suicide Prevention held on 27 February, 2013. Original article  

15 May 2013


Australian Youth Forum: New discussion topic

The Australian Youth Forum (AYF) would like to hear the thoughts of young people about mental health and wellbeing. The AYF is especially interested in what works to ensure young people are supported to maintain their mental health. Original article  

13 May 2013


Adolescent prolonged fatigue tied to depressive and anxiety disorders

Prolonged fatigue in adolescents may reflect more severe mood and anxiety disorders, according to recent study results published in American Journal of Psychiatry. Original article  

03 May 2013


Addressing workforce challenges for youth mental health reform

Orygen Youth Health Research Centre in partnership with the Australian Health Workforce Institute at the University of Melbourne and headspace have completed a report exploring future workforce challenges for the youth mental health sector. Original article  

26 Apr 2013


Smartphone app to tackle mental health

A free smartphone application that allows teenagers, to discuss "taboo" mental health issues like depression, suicide and self-harm is saving lives worldwide, its Adelaide developers say. For more information  

18 Apr 2013


Addressing Workforce Challenges for Youth Mental Health Reform

Orygen Youth Health Research Centre in partnership with the Australian Health Workforce Institute at the University of Melbourne and headspace have completed a report exploring future workforce challenges for the youth mental health sector. More information  

18 Apr 2013


Mindfulness at school lowers depressive symptoms in teens

A recent study in Belgium found that adolescents who participated in a mindfulness program at school reported reduced symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress up to six months later. Original article  

16 Apr 2013


Help for mentally ill young offenders

The hundreds of juvenile offenders with mental health problems who face Perth Children's Court each year will now have access to tailored support through a landmark program. Original article  

08 Apr 2013


Sleep disorders linked to depression in young women

Young women with regular sleep problems have a four to fivefold increased risk of depression, a landmark study of nearly 10,000 Australians has found. Original article  

08 Apr 2013


Growing up too fast: early puberty and mental illness

A study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found children who go through puberty early showed signs of poorer mental health in early childhood. Original article  

03 Apr 2013


Updated resource: Mental Health Services in Australia

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has updated the Mental Health Services in Australia website with new information, including details of specialised mental health facilities. Original articles  

28 Mar 2013


Australian schools 'facing psychological health crisis'

With one school psychologist for every 3,000 students in some states and territories, psychologists say students are not getting the mental health support they need. Original article  

26 Mar 2013


How alcohol affects the teen brain

An animated video about how alcohol affects the teen brain is now available from the Australian Drug Foundation. Original article


25 Mar 2013



Ashlee Harrison, a recent graduate of Curtin University, founded zero2hero – an initiative intended to raise awareness about mental health in the Australian community. Original article  

21 Mar 2013


Child and Adolescent Mental Health online catalog

This online catalog is filled with the latest books on Child and Adolescent Mental Health from Routledge, Guilford Press and Psychology Press. Original article  

15 Mar 2013


headspace calls in the army to help youth!

The Fifth Army, a campaign that uses a mobile app to engage young people in mental health issues, will be launched tomorrow (6 March) in Melbourne.  Original story

05 Mar 2013


Mental health worries for teen asylum seekers

Tasmania's Children's Commissioner says some teenage asylum seekers at the Pontville Detention Centre near Hobart are worried about their mental health and do not know why they are there. Original article

04 Mar 2013


Youth mental health service, eheadspace, goes mobile

Young people can now use smartphones and tablet devices to access Australia's only youth-specific online mental health service, eheadspace, which is staffed exclusively by qualified clinicians. Original article


04 Mar 2013


Bulimia Nervosa - How does it begin?

Dr Sylvia Gearing describes what Bulimia is and how sufferers tend to start the cycle of Bulimia in late adolescence or early adulthood. Original article  

01 Mar 2013


$21 million to support young people with mental illness

Funding for services providing intensive mental health support to children and young people has been announced.  Original article  

26 Feb 2013


Update on adolescent mood disorders

Recent studies provide clinically useful information about treatment and screening for adolescent depression and the course of adolescent bipolar disorder. Original article  

21 Feb 2013


Both bullies and their victims are at greater risk of mental illness

Bullies and their victims are at a higher risk of young adult psychiatric disorders, a new US study has found, with the worst effects seen in those who are both victims and perpetrators. Original article  

21 Feb 2013


Development of a prototype Australian mental health intervention classification: a working paper

This report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare presents a brief history of the development of the Mental Health Intervention Classification (MHIC), which details the use of a standard classification scheme that enables nationally comparable and consistent reporting of trends, patterns and best practice in the provision of mental health services. Original article


20 Feb 2013


Teaching girls to prioritise function over form for better body image

Bree Abbott, Researcher with the School of Psychology and Exercise Science at Murdoch University, talks about the need to shift the focus from body appearance to body function in order to deal with the issue of body image in girls and young women.  Original article  

15 Feb 2013


New light shed on cannabis, cigarette and alcohol use of young mentally ill

In a recent study, researchers from the University of Sydney collected information from more than 2000 young people who attended University-led headspace youth mental health clinics in Camperdown and Campbelltown, and identified that patterns of substance use becomes more common as teenagers grow into young adults, which is likely to contribute to increased risk of poor physical and mental health outcomes. Original article  

12 Feb 2013


Identifying bipolar disorder in adolescents

Researchers from UNSW and Black Dog Institute have found that young people at genetic risk of bipolar disorder (but without signs of the condition as yet) have clear differences in brain activity when compared to the general population.  A trial associated with the research is still open. Original article


12 Feb 2013


Prevalence of and interventions for mental health and alcohol and other drug problems amongst the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community: A review of the literature

This report from the Drug Policy Modeling Program summarises a vast literature in relation to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people and both mental health and alcohol and other drug problems. Original article  

08 Feb 2013


COMPI message for young people

Children of Parents with a Mental Illness have produced a video for children and young people to help them understand that they are not alone. Original article  

08 Feb 2013


Response to mental health inquiry released

The Australian Government has responded to the House of Representatives inquiry into mental health and workforce participation. Original article  

06 Feb 2013


Schools try dogs, recess to help stressed teens

Stress, anxiety and panic attacks are on the rise at many US high schools, so some are trying unconventional methods to help students cope. Original article  

01 Feb 2013


The role of informal community resources in supporting independent housing for young people recovering from mental illness

This project from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute analysed housing policy interventions that help young people in recovery from mental illness, in particular informal and community resources that help promote social inclusion. Original article  

01 Feb 2013


Adolescent social isolation leads to quicker addiction

Researchers at the University of Texas have shown that social isolation causes increases in anxiety and aggression, and may also increase the chances of young people adopting addictive behaviours.  Original article  

25 Jan 2013


YAPA and Youthbeyondblue's Grants Program

YAPA is partnering with Youthbeyondblue to raise awareness about depression and anxiety in communities across NSW by providing two grants to young people and organisations in NSW. Original article  

24 Jan 2013


Seeking help online

ReachOut Pro provides information on how young people access help online, including the perspectives of young people who have used online services. Original article  

23 Jan 2013


Explainer: what is depression?

This article from The Conversation points out that the issue of identifying depression can often be tricky, but that there are good, reliable indicators for evaluating and identifying risks leading to depression.  Original article  

21 Jan 2013


Stress in adolescence can cause severe mental illness in young adulthood

Researchers at Johns Hopkins in the US have established a link between elevated levels of a stress hormone in adolescence — a critical time for brain development — and genetic changes that, in young adulthood, cause severe mental illness in those predisposed to it. Original article  

21 Jan 2013


New adolescent mental health ward won't be enough

Mental health advocates believe the 8-bed facility in the renovated Cairns hospital will not be sufficient to meet the needs of the community. Original article  

17 Jan 2013


Can training help child welfare workers to broker better services?

Although a US training program successfully raised awareness of evidence-based practices in relation to managing the mental health issues of Children and young people in foster care, a study found that caseworkers did not make significantly more referrals to them than untrained colleagues. Original article  

14 Jan 2013


Mental health alarm

An increased need for mental health services for adolescents and their families in Western Australia has resulted in increased funding for additional staff in the Perth area.  Original article  

11 Jan 2013


First Australian Eating Disorders Conference for families and carers

23 – 25 May 2013, Brisbane QLD. The At Home With Eating Disorders Conference will provide access to a range of expert knowledge and skills for families and caregivers of people with eating disorders.  Original article  

09 Jan 2013


Reviews of therapeutic tools

ReachOUT Pro provides reviews from health professionals and young people on the tools available to support the mental health and wellbeing of young people.  Original article  

08 Jan 2013


Evaluation Plan: Neami Macarthur Youth Mental Health & Housing Project

The Social Policy Research Centre has conducted an evaluation of the outcomes and cost effectiveness of the Neami Macarthur Youth Mental Health & Housing Project (MYP) in Campbelltown, New South Wales, a project designed to support young people aged 16-18 years in the Metro South West region of Sydney who are experiencing both homelessness and mental illness. Original article  

07 Jan 2013


Holidays hard for youth

One in three young Australians say Christmas makes them feel worried, depressed and lonely, a survey has revealed. Original article

04 Jan 2013


Frightening levels of stress reported in young people

One in 10 young people feel they cannot cope with day-to-day life, according to a report from The Prince's Trust. Original article  

04 Jan 2013


Shared secrets versus secrets kept private are linked to better adolescent adjustment

A new study in the Journal of Adolescence found it can be better when teenagers share their secrets. Original article


04 Jan 2013


Updated resource: Mental health services from AIHW

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has updated the Mental health services resource. Original article  

20 Dec 2012


Inspire film competition for young people

Inspire Foundation's online mental health service is running a film competition for young people to share their stories. Applications close 4 February 2013. Original article  

18 Dec 2012


Socio-Economic Impact of Eating Disorders

The Butterfly Foundation says the Paying the Price Report is the first of its kind for eating disorder in Australia, identifying prevalence, financial costs, and the productivity and societal impact of the many Australians suffering these mental illnesses. Original article  

11 Dec 2012


Abuse and neglect risk factors for young people with mental health problems

Professor Patrick McGorry today said that one-third of young people presenting with mental health problems by the age of 25 had experienced abuse or neglect. Original story

28 Nov 2012


Want to stop depression from worsening among teens? Target their parents

When parents of at-risk adolescents learned how to improve their family’s communication and problem-solving skills, it helped to prevent their children from becoming increasingly depressed, a recent US study found – whether or not the young people had any treatment themselves. Original article  

21 Nov 2012


Research update: Needs of health and education professionals

The Inspire Foundation invited health and education professionals to provide their input into the ReachOut Pro and ReachOut Teachers Network so that these services could meet the needs of those supporting young people's mental health. Original article  

15 Nov 2012


Governments lagging on mental health promises: McGorry

One of Australia's leading mental health specialists says state and federal governments are moving dangerously slowly on their promises for mental health reform. Original article  

12 Nov 2012


Choosing What's Best for You

This website from the UK presents information for young people and their parents about the emotional and behavioural difficulties they might experience and the various treatments available to them. Original article  

06 Nov 2012


Australian teenagers won't call for help

Young Australians in need of crisis support may be falling through the cracks, as they are reluctant to use traditional phone counseling services, and online services are finding it difficult to meet with demand.  Original article  

05 Nov 2012


Targeted family interventions for families where a parent has a mental illness

This report from Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) looks at 2 new family intervention programs that have been shown to be effective. Original article  

26 Oct 2012


Support for siblings

New research from Latrobe University shows the impact of young people experiencing mental health issues has been overlooked.  Original article  

23 Oct 2012


NGOs Called on to be ‘Partners in Recovery’

The $549.8 million PIR initiative is a major plank in the Government’s $2.2 billion mental health reform plan and will provide more coordinated services for 24,000 individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and complex needs. Original article  

18 Oct 2012


How much does “following the rules” matter in delivering a program?

An Australian mental health program for school-age children between Year 3 and Year 7 finds that sticking to the rules set out during implementation results in a six month boost in learning. Original article  

15 Oct 2012


Don't hide who you are

Australia’s youth mental health foundation, headspace, has launched a new LGBTI campaign to help young people who are feeling the pressure to hide their sexuality. Original article  

09 Oct 2012


Time to rethink mental health laws for treatment without consent

The criteria and processes for involuntary detention and treatment are currently being reviewed in the Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia, with differing views about how these criteria should be framed. Original article  

08 Oct 2012


Kids Helpline information sheet on mental health

Kids Helpline produces a series of information sheets for those working with young people. This latest release looks at the issues specifically involved with mental health in young people. Original article  

05 Oct 2012


Harnessing technology for better mental health services

The Conversation reviews the developments in the technologies used to deliver mental health services.  Original article  

03 Oct 2012


R U Ok? Day today

R U OK?Day is a national day of action on the second Thursday of September (today!), dedicated to inspiring all people of all backgrounds to regularly ask each other ‘Are you ok?' Original article  

13 Sep 2012


Depression in rural adolescents: relationships with gender and availability of mental health services

This study published in The International Electronic Journal of Rural and Remote Health, Research, Practice and Policy aims to establish the relationship between community characteristics in rural/remote areas and the prevalence of depression in rural adolescents, taking into account gender differences. Original article  

23 Aug 2012


Positive Body Image Awards highlights

The Office for Youth has video highlights from the recent Positive Body Awards.  Original article  

23 Aug 2012


Collaborative research brings threefold return

Co-operative Research Centres, which includes the Young and Well CRC, are estimated to have an economic impact worth $5.9 billion in the next five years. Original article  

16 Aug 2012


McGorry's mix: mental health, economics

Former Australian of the Year Professor Patrick McGorry says Australia could save up to $10 billion annually by implementing an effective mental health policy. Original article  

16 Aug 2012


Youth self harm neglected in parts of regional Australia

The ABC's AM Program reports that while more headspace youth mental health services are opening across the country, some regional areas are still waiting for services to address their needs, like Swan Hill in Victoria where self-harm is seven times the national average. Original article  

14 Aug 2012


Self-harm video discussion

Psychologist Andrew Fuller talks about self-harm and young people.  Original article  

14 Aug 2012


Focus on mental health support for children and families

The second meeting of the Australian Government's Children and Family Roundtable in Melbourne held on 1 August 2012 discussed how children and family services can be strengthened through collaboration and integration within the Government and services sector. Original article  

03 Aug 2012


Call for Mental Health to Be Part of NDIS

The Chair of the newly formed National Mental Health Commission (NMHC), Professor Allan Fels, has called for mental health to be included in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Original article  

03 Aug 2012


Call for participation: Experiences of young refuges with Australian mental health services

Foundation House want to talk to young people who arrived in Australia as refugees about what experiences they have had with counsellors, psychologists or doctors, in order to ascertain what worked and what did not work. Original article  

31 Jul 2012


Can an obesity prevention program prevent bulimia – and pay for itself?

Planet Health, a school curriculum in the UK promoting good nutrition and physical activity, is known to reduce both obesity and eating disorders. Now a new analysis estimates that the intervention may even save money by preventing teenage girls from developing bulimia. Original article  

31 Jul 2012


Bipolar disorder youth show altered frontal lobe bioenergetic metabolism

Results from a US study suggest that depressed unmedicated adolescents with bipolar disorder (BD) have altered frontal lobe mitochondrial function. Original article  

27 Jul 2012


myCompass self-help service launched

myCompass is an interactive self-help service provided by the Black Dog Institute that aims to promote resilience and wellbeing for Australians over 18 years old. Original article  

24 Jul 2012


Mental health boost for young people and their families

The Federal Government is investing more than $9.7 million for new family mental health services in 11 communities across Australia to help children and young people get a good start in life. Original article  

17 Jul 2012


IACAPAP Textbook of Child and Adolescent Mental Health

The International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions has published an electronic book bringing together available technologies and resources, including recent and authoritative practice guidelines, free-to-use rating scales and questionnaires and the full text of hundreds of key publications. Original article  

16 Jul 2012


Making OCD diagnosis “faster and more accurate”

Few adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder get the help they need, even though effective treatments for OCD in adolescents exist – and part of the problem is underdetection. Original article  

10 Jul 2012


Youth mental health team too free with drugs: audit

Australia's largest youth mental health service prescribed medication to a majority of depressed 15 to 25-year-olds before they had received adequate counselling, despite international guidelines advising against the practice. Original article

09 Jul 2012


Antidepressants used too early in young people

A report from the University of Melbourne has shown that dissemination of guidelines for the management of depression in young people alone is insufficient to ensure that recommendations are incorporated into every day clinical practice. Original article  

04 Jul 2012


Urgent need for mental health services for Indigenous people in custody

A study published in the Medical Journal of Australia found that 73 per cent of Indigenous men and 86 per cent of Indigenous women in prison had a mental disorder, compared with the 20 per cent prevalence in the Australian community. This article higlights a number of mental health programs working with Indigenous youth run by beyondblue. Original article  

03 Jul 2012


Children left in limbo

It has been revealed that staffing levels for mental health services for children and adolescents in Tasmania are up to 70 per cent below best practice. Original article  

02 Jul 2012


GPs prescribe mobiles to help beat youth depression

A mobile phone app that encourages depressed young people to self-monitor their feelings can help relieve depression, a study by GPs in Victoria has shown. Original article  

28 Jun 2012


Self-harm and suicide in young people: the role of new media

In the first Series paper, Self-harm and suicide in adolescents, researchers in the UK examine existing research to look at the connections between self-harm and suicide in young people. Original article  

27 Jun 2012


Children’s problems can predict adult mental health issues - but a solution is at hand

Writing in the June edition of InPsych, the bulletin of the Australian Psychological Society, Professor Dadds of the University of New South Wales Child Behaviour Research Clinic says that a number of large longitudinal studies have shown that behaviour problems in children are associated with a range of mental health problems in adults. Original article  

22 Jun 2012


Inspire Foundation survey of professionals

The Inspire Foundation is conducting a study into the preferences and needs of professionals working with young people in the area of mental health and well being. Original article  

22 Jun 2012


Mental health in the classroom – are we getting the best out of our kids?

Angie Wilcock , director of High Hopes Educational Services, discusses how teachers work with young people to help them achieve their goals. Original article  

22 Jun 2012


Eating disorders on the increase for men and boys

The number of boys and men in the UK seeking help for eating disorders is on the increase according to statistics from South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG). Original article  

21 Jun 2012


Meeting the mental health needs of young people in care

Results from an audit to determine the unmet mental health needs of children and young people in care conducted by the Office of the Guardian for Children and Young People in South Australia.  Original article  

20 Jun 2012


headspace to open 13 new locations

Thirteen new headspace youth mental health services will open across the country to support young people dealing with depression, substance abuse and other mental health issues. Original article  

14 Jun 2012


A bright future for mental health in Australia

Mark Butler, Federal Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, writes in The Drum about recent developments and future plans in Australian mental health services. Original article  

12 Jun 2012


Diagnosing teen depression: new screener may help spot the “missing 70%”

In a recent article in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, a German research team highlights an example where getting the right treatment to the right people can make a real difference: adolescent services for depression. Original article  

04 Jun 2012


Evaluation of the Time Out House Initiative in Queensland

The Social Policy Research Centre has produced a report evaluating the Time Out House Initiative, a service in Queensland that provides approximately 3 months outreach and case management support to young people whose circumstances have had an impact on their mental health. Original article  

31 May 2012


Counting the Cost: The Impact of Young Men’s Mental Health on the Australian Economy

Young men’s mental illness in Australia is costing the economy more than A$3 billion each year in lost productivity according to the landmark report from the Inspire Foundation and Ernst & Young. Original article


30 May 2012


Stress and the mind of young people

From Generation Next, this article by Michael Nagel from the University of the Sunshine Coast looks at the physical affects of stress on the minds of young people. Original article  

24 May 2012


Widening world of digital counseling; treating depression in children and adolescents

A trial was conducted in New Zealand to help children and young people manage depression through an online treatment program called SPARX.  Original article  Research report  

08 May 2012


15 more headspace centres set to open

headspace has announced it will open another 15 centres in metropolitan and regional areas across the country, bringing the total number of centres to 55.  Original article  

04 May 2012


Videogame addiction – fact or fantasy?

Commentary from The Conversation on whether or not people can become addicted to videogames and what happens if the term 'addict' is applied to those who, in the eyes of some, may play games excessively.  Original article  

04 May 2012


Effectiveness of psychoanalytic psychotherapy for children and adolescents

A review conducted by the Anna Freud Centre and Tavistock Clinic in London suggests this treatment can be effective for a range of childhood disorders – though some disorders are more responsive to psychotherapy than others. Original article  

03 May 2012


Resources for GPs working with families with parents with mental illness

Children of Parents with Mental Illness (COMPI) have produced information for GPs who work with young people who have parents with mental illness.  Original article  

26 Apr 2012


BITE BACK - Positive psychology for young people

ReachOut Pro interview with A/Professor Vijaya Manicavasagar, Director of Psychological Services at the Black Dog Institute, about their positive psychology website "BITE BACK". Original article  

24 Apr 2012


Parental mental illness is a family matter

MJA Open has an entire issue devoted to parental mental illness and what this means for the family.  Original article  

18 Apr 2012


New Zealand PM announces youth mental health package

As part of the initiative, the New Zealand Government is setting up a Social Media Innovations Fund to help keep providers of youth services technologically up to date. Original article  

17 Apr 2012


Suicide risk spikes in week after cancer diagnosis, study finds

New research in the US finds that young people tend to be more distressed by a cancer diagnosis than older patients. Original article  

05 Apr 2012


Mental health of children - internet, media and technology

A new position statement, The impact of media on vulnerable children and adolescents, released by The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists assesses both the positive benefits of the media on children and adolescents, as well as the potential problems media can cause, particularly for those with mental health difficulties. Original article  

02 Apr 2012


Understanding and referring to eHeadspace

As part of their Interviews with field leaders feature, ReachOut Pro interviews Carmen Garrett, eHeadspace Clinical Coordinator.  Original article  

02 Apr 2012


Clinic opens door to young mental patients

Australia's first private early intervention in-patient service for young people with mental health problems opens its doors today, as private providers start to respond to the continuing critical shortage of treatment options for young adults needing psychiatric help. Original article  

29 Mar 2012


Desperate need for mental health care

There is a desperate need for mental health services that specialise in treating young Australians, leading medical expert Ian Hickie says. Original article  

28 Mar 2012


Telstra will stop billing young people up to $100 to use Kids Helpline

A spokesman from Telstra told The Sunday Telegraph the company would stop the charges to the 1800 number from mobile phones. The cost would be covered by Telstra's $250 million support fund for underprivileged customers. Original article  

22 Mar 2012


Anxiety Online

Anxiety Online is an online assessment and online treatment program for people 18 years and older. ReachOut Pro provides information and reviews of the service. Original article  

20 Mar 2012


headspace evidence maps

This resource from headspace provides published studies (controlled trials and systematic reviews) of treatment and prevention strategies for mental health and substance use problems in young people. Original article  

16 Mar 2012


‘Men react more aggressively to stress’ … sure, but you’re missing the point

New research shows the causes for why men react to stress differently than women.  Original article  

16 Mar 2012


Children Of Parents with a Mental Illness information sheet

Children Of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) have prepared an information sheet for to help young people who have parents with a mental illness that they are not alone.  It includes advice from other young people on how to cope.  Original article  

15 Mar 2012


National education program to address mental health issues in high schools

A $500,000 grant from nib foundation will enable the Black Dog Institute to train 1,500 high school teachers in the innovative HeadStrong program over the next three years, helping to reach 90,000 students, with a particular focus on rural and remote locations. Original article  

13 Mar 2012


McGorry guides police on youth

Victorian Police says it is working with psychiatrist Patrick McGorry, a key witness at the inquest into the fatal police shooting of teenager Tyler Cassidy, to improve training on how to communicate with vulnerable youth. Original article

07 Mar 2012


Mental health - round up of recent news

The topic of young people's mental health has been featured in a number of recent news and research reports.  Read more  

06 Mar 2012


Nominations open for the Positive Body Image Awards

The Awards will recognise the positive steps taken by the media and entertainment, fashion and advertising industries to adopt the principles outlined in the Voluntary Industry Code of Conduct on Body Image. Nominations are open until 23 March. Original article  

02 Mar 2012


Report finds students not disclosing mental illnesses

The ABC Radio's The World Today reports on NCVER research showing that struggling students are frequently not seeking the help they need. Original article  

29 Feb 2012


“How will you BITE BACK in 2012” competition for young people

The Black Dog Institute is running a competition through their Bite Back website for young people aged 12 - 18 to find out the positive steps they are taking in 2012 to get the most out of life. Entries close 19 March. Original article  

28 Feb 2012


The unmet need in mental health services for children and young people in care

The findings from the 2011 South Australian Guardian’s Office audit of 60 case files from five Families SA offices to understand the extent and nature of unmet need in mental health services for children and young people in care. Original article  

28 Feb 2012


Post Evaluation of Clinical Practice Guidelines: Depression in Adolescents and Young Adults

beyondblue invites health professionals, school counsellors, and young people who have experienced depression, including their family and friends, to participate in a national online evaluation study to assess awareness and current use of the new and established Clinical Guidelines for the treatment and management of depression in adolescents and young adults. Original article (Scroll to the bottom of the linked page for further information.)  

27 Feb 2012


'Massive obsession' SBS Insight program

This episode of Insight, airing 28 February, looks into the pressures put on young men to achieve the perfect muscular form.  Original article  

27 Feb 2012


Facebook linked to poor body image for teenage girls

A study of 1100 teenage girls in Australia run by Flinders University’s psychologist Dr Amy Slater, found that more than 40 per cent of respondents said they were dissatisfied with their weight. Original article  

24 Feb 2012


Unfinished business: student perspectives on disclosure of mental illness and success in VET

This report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research explores the factors that contribute to successful course completion for students with a mental illness, with a particular focus on the role of disclosure. Original article  

22 Feb 2012


Children neglected in NSW mental healthcare law

The NSW Commissioner for Children and Young People has criticised the NSW government for failing to identify children as a special group which the new Mental Health Commission needs to take into account. Original article

20 Feb 2012


Melbourne parents with teens invited to participate in groundbreaking research

Researchers at the University of Melbourne are calling on families from the Melbourne metropolitan area to help them find long term ways to help teenagers better cope with physical and mental stresses. Original article  

20 Feb 2012


Psychological distress in Indigenous adolescents

A review of community surveys just published in the Medical Journal of Australia did not find any difference in rates of self-reported psychological distress between Indigenous and non-Indigenous adolescents. Original article  

08 Feb 2012


Early signs of psychosis in young people

Generation Next provides a list of early warning signs for young people with psychotic illness.  Original article  

30 Jan 2012


Therapy online: anxiety treatment for a digital generation

A recent report outlines how a change in the delivery of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – from face-to-face treatment to interactive web-based delivery – might result in more young people engaging with the intervention, a reduction in costs, and subsequently an increase in reach. Original article  

27 Jan 2012


A New Ten Year Plan for Mental Health

The draft Ten-Year Roadmap for National Mental Health Reform has been released for public consultation. Original article  

20 Jan 2012


New national mental health consumer organisation

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler announced the establishment of a new Consumer Reference Group which will assist in setting the directions of the new organisation and setting up mechanisms to involve consumers from the beginning. The Group will be appointed following a national call for Expressions of Interest in early January 2012. Original article  

14 Dec 2011


Push for students to study mental health

A mental health service is calling for a revamp of the school curriculum to include mental health studies, in a bid to help prevent children from developing mental illnesses. Original article  

12 Dec 2011


Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre launched

The Young and Well CRC was officially launched today (9 December) by Senator The Hon Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. The Young and Well CRC is an Australian-based, international research centre that unites young people with researchers, practitioners and innovators from over 70 partner organisations to explore the role of technology in young people's lives, and how those technologies can be used to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people. Original article


09 Dec 2011


Online therapy helps those with depression

Dr Lou Farrer, from the Australian National University’s Centre for Mental Health Research (CMHR), looked at two online therapy programs, MoodGym and BluePages. Original article  

05 Dec 2011


Marie Claire 'Shine a light on depression'

Marie Claire has launched a campaign to raise awareness of depression in young women.  Original article  

01 Dec 2011


Round-up from Youth Health 2011: It's totally important!

A number of presenters and attendees have posted presentations and comments about the recent Youth Health 2011: It's totally important! conference held recently in Sydney. Read more...  

25 Nov 2011


One in 12 teens self harm

In the first study of its kind, Australian researchers followed about 2000 Victorian students from age 15 to see how many self-harmed during adolescence and into their 20s. Original article

18 Nov 2011


E-alert for youth depression

Australian researchers will for the first time harness e-technology to develop a customised internet program to identify and arm healthy young people most at risk of depression before the disorder takes hold. Original article  

17 Nov 2011


Australian Youth Forum - new survey

Mental Health Barriers to Participation - The AYF wants to hear about education, training and employment of young people living with a mental illness.  Original article  

16 Nov 2011


Stress survey: To be young is to be troubled

A study of 1500 Australians has found that one in eight adults has severe stress, with those aged 18 to 25 more stressed and depressed than any other age group. Original article  

15 Nov 2011


Map of headspace centres around the country

The headspace website has a map and directory of its services across the country.  Original article  

14 Nov 2011


New Mental Health App for Young Men to be Trialled

The Work Out app was developed independently by the Inspire Foundation and the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Research Institute to encourage help seeking by young men who are often reluctant to seek help for their mental health. Original article  

11 Nov 2011


Mental health help needed for young offenders

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is calling for better mental health services for children and adolescents in the criminal justice system as young offenders are in critical need of mental health assistance. Original article  

10 Nov 2011


Australian Youth Forum - new topic

The AYF would like to know how young people feel about participation in education, training and employment by those who live with mental illness. Original article  

08 Nov 2011


Advocacy Education Program for Young People is running two programs called ReachOut to an MP (ROMP) and ReachOut Speakers Bureau that aim to to advocate for better services for young people and help raise awareness of among politicians and the media. Original article  

04 Nov 2011


E-Counselling service kicks of 24 hour coverage

Run by headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, eheadspace is a confidential, free and secure space where a young person can call,web chat or email with a qualified youth mental health professional. Original article  

02 Nov 2011


Perceptions and experiences of cannabis use by young adults living with a mental illness

This paper recently published in the Australian Social Policy Journal seeks to enhance understanding of the perceived and experienced links between cannabis use and mental health by young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 years who are living with a mental illness. Original article  

31 Oct 2011


Mental health issues rising for young people

The number of complex mental health issues reported to Kids Helpline counsellors has escalated, raising concerns for the health and wellbeing of Australia’s young people. Original article  

21 Oct 2011


Vulnerable young people to get better access to mental health services

Young people in out-of-home care in Victoria will have priority access to mental health services under the new Chief Psychiatrist’s Guideline. Original article  

10 Oct 2011


headspace: Create a Better Story campaign

In time for Mental Health week, headspace is encouraging young people to share and listen to stories to help other young people who may be going through a similar experience. Original article  

10 Oct 2011


SMILES for youth starts Mental Health Month

Mission Australia is kicking off Mental Health Month with a new program to help young people on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales cope with family mental health issues. Original article  

05 Oct 2011


A prospective study of diet quality and mental health in adolescents

An unhealthy diet can be the cause of mental health problems in adolescents, a new study has found. Original article  

27 Sep 2011


World Health Organization report finds that mental health is a top concern of young people

The report highlights that disability, particularly due to mental health disorders and drug and alcohol problems, are a big problem for adolescents around the world. Original article  

22 Sep 2011


R U OK Day changes a life

ABC's The World Today features a story about how R U OK Day can change people's lives for the better. Original article  

19 Sep 2011


Number of children on anti-depressants concerns

The Timaru Herald reports on the increasing number of children and young people who are being prescribed anti-depressants in New Zealand.  Original article   

15 Sep 2011


Youth service short of GPs

West Australia Today reports that the youth mental health service headspace - part of Prime Minister Julia Gillard's flagship health reforms - is struggling to attract GPs, who are essential for it to expand its services. Original article

09 Sep 2011


National Summit on the Mental Health of Tertiary Students papers & presentations

Papers and presentations from the National Summit on the Mental Health of Tertiary Students, held in Melbourne in August 2011, are now available for download. Original article  

01 Sep 2011


Investing in the psychological wealth of young people

A study of the ‘You Can Do It! Education’ program finds that teaching young students to be resilient and organised will help them cope with stress better as they mature. Original article


26 Aug 2011


New website for the YAW-CRC

The recently established Cooperative Centre for Young People, Technology and Wellbeing (YAW-CRC) has a new website, which provides useful background to the reasons why it was set up, and will enable researchers, youth workers and policymakers to have access to its research output. Original article


19 Aug 2011


Study links depression to childhood abuse

Researchers who conducted a combined analysis of 26 studies involving more than 23,000 people found that those who suffered maltreatment as children were twice as likely as those who had normal childhoods to develop persistent and recurrent depression. Original article  

17 Aug 2011


Mental health program boosts NAPLAN

The KidsMatter program has shown to have a positive effect on literacy and numeracy scores.  Original article  

17 Aug 2011


Pregnancy loss linked to depression in young men

Young men whose partners have had an abortion or miscarriage are twice as likely to develop depression than those whose partners have never been pregnant, a new study has found. Original article  

11 Aug 2011


Facebook Increases Teen, Adolescent Likelihood For Mental Illness

According to a presentation at the 119th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, teens and adolescents who use social networks might be at risk for various mental health problems. Original article  

10 Aug 2011


Mental health issues among students to escalate

The Australian reports on the likely increase in mental health issues among the student population as universities attract more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Original article  

10 Aug 2011


New headspace factsheets

headspace have published fact sheets on bipolar disorder and supporting a young person after a natural disaster.  Original article  

10 Aug 2011 new section: Get Involved

This section of the ReachOut website provides young people with the opportunity to become involved in the ReachOut community.  Original article  

05 Aug 2011


Supporting a friend: New TINO information

Information from Tune In Not Out for young people who want to help a friend who need support.  Original article  

02 Aug 2011


Engaging Indigenous men in rural mental health services research

A recent paper, titled What you do is important but how you do it is more important, describes the methodology and steps followed by a non-Indigenous researcher for engaging with men from an Aboriginal community in rural Victoria in conducting mental health services research. Original article  

02 Aug 2011


New Bite Back blog

Bite Back, the youth website from the Black Dog Institute, have launched a new blog to talk about what's happening there. Original article  

14 Jul 2011


For young men it's hard to be soft

ABC Radio's PM Program reports on a campaign to help young men tackle the mental health issues they face as they mature.  Original article    

13 Jul 2011


StigmaWatch Survey

SANE Australia are currently conducting a StigmaWatch Survey, which asks for respondents' thoughts on the representation of mental illness in the media. All submissions are anonymous. Results will be released later this year. Original article


11 Jul 2011


Out of the shed: Men, boys and mental health

A forum on men's and boys' mental health issues will be held 21 & 22 July.  Original article  

06 Jul 2011


Review finds limited evidence for early intervention in psychosis

The Conversation reports that early intervention mental health policies may be gaining favour in Australia, Europe and the U.S. but there is limited evidence to show they help sufferers of psychosis in the longer term, a major literature review has found. Original article  

30 Jun 2011


Bite Back's 'Best Day Ever' competition

This competition encourages young people to share their best memories and celebrate the good times. Submissions close 4 July. Original article  

30 Jun 2011


Keeping the child in mind: child protection practice and parental mental health

A report from South Australia's Department of Families and Communities on the association between a parent's mental health and child abuse and neglect.  Orginal article  

29 Jun 2011


'HeadStrong' resource for educators and youth workers

From the Black Dog Institute, this curriculum resource makes it easy to understand, implement, and teach about mood disorders and the impact they can have on young people. Original article  

21 Jun 2011


Mental Health Matters Awards (NSW)

The Mental Health Matters Awards are unique awards designed to recognise the achievements of individuals and organisations who have worked to improve understanding, awareness, service provision and the general mental health of their community, over the past 12 months. Original article  

15 Jun 2011


Mental health disabling young people

Mental disorders such as depression and schizophrenia are the leading cause of disability among young people, a new international study has revealed. Original article  

10 Jun 2011


High risks: cannabis and psychosis

The ABC’s The Drum reports that both the Mental Health Review Tribunal in NSW and the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre have said publicly that if cannabis was removed from the chemistry of young brains, the incidence of schizophrenia in this country would be dramatically reduced. Original article  

09 Jun 2011


Adolescent mental health: depression, suicidality & cyber-bullying webinar recording

Recordings from the Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN) webinar ‘Adolescent mental health: depression, suicidality and cyber-bullying’ are now available for viewing on MHPN’s website. Original article  

08 Jun 2011


Australian Youth Forum new topic: National Mental Health Reform

The Australian Youth Forum (AYF) has asked young people to weigh in on the National Mental Health Reform. Original article  

03 Jun 2011


Breaking down barriers - Parliamentary inquiry

Obstacles blocking access to education, training and employment opportunities for those with mental health issues will be the focus of a new parliamentary inquiry. Original article  

01 Jun 2011


Anger Management Skills for Kids

A new book for educators, youth workers and counsellors covering anger management techniques for teens. Original article  

31 May 2011


Cognitive-Behavioural Case Management in Early Psychosis: A Handbook

Available from Orygen Youth Health, this Handbook is a practical guide to implementing cognitive-behavioural case management (CBCM) for young people with early psychosis. Original article  

27 May 2011


Places and spaces: the many faces of mental health, Youth Health Forum

8 June 2011, Centre for the Advancement of Adolescent Health, Westmead Hospital NSW. Original article  

24 May 2011


Study links anxiety & depression to risk taking in young drivers

Young drivers who experience anxiety and depression are more likely to take risks on the road, according to a new study by Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Original article  

19 May 2011


Obese kids at risk of adult depression

The West Australian reports that overweight children are 50 per cent more likely to suffer mood disorders such as depression as young adults, an Australian study has shown. Original article  

12 May 2011


headspace factsheets in 10 languages

headspace has published factsheets in ten different languages to help parents and carers to better understand what their child or children may expect when visiting a headspace centre. Original article  

11 May 2011


Report of the Inquiry into the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in Western Australia

The Inquiry explored the range of complex interactions between a child or young person and their family, their community and their social, physical, cultural and economic environments, being cognisant that all these interactions impact on mental health and wellbeing in some way. Original article  

11 May 2011


Getting the happiness formula right in the classroom

An article from Lea Waters, Director, Master in School Leadership at University of Melbourne, on the role that schools play in the mental wellbeing of young people. Original article  

09 May 2011


Justice system fails offenders

The West Australian reports that the Commissioner for Children and Young People's inquiry said those appearing before the Children's Court should get better access to mental health assessment and treatment. Original article  

09 May 2011


Young at risk over mental health

An article in the West Australian reports on an inquiry finding four in five WA children with a severe mental disorder are missing out on critical help. Original article  

09 May 2011


RUOK? Day campaign workshop

RUOK? Day is a day set aside for all Australians to ask a mate ‘RUOK?.' has teamed with RUOK? Day to work with school students in the design and delivery of a RUOK? Day campaign. Successful applicants will be flown to Sydney for an all-expenses-paid three-day workshop. Original article


20 Apr 2011


Youth mental health & jobs - ABC Life Matters

ABC's Life Matters discusses a federal parliamentary inquiry is examining the barriers that exist in education and the workplace for young people with a mental illness. Original article  

13 Apr 2011


Website offers hope to carers of people with bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder affects about two in 100 adults and onset is often in adolescence with peak onset in early to mid twenties. Original article  

05 Apr 2011 Back to [High] School Appeal

The Back to [High] School appeal will send a support kit to high schools to help young people who need a hand getting through difficult times. Original article  

24 Mar 2011


Australian Infant, Child, Adolescent & Family Mental Health Association (AICAFMHA) position paper

AICAFMHA has published a Position Paper describing the associations' stance on the promotion of mental health and associated services for children and families, and summarising the international and national literature on the delivery of mental health services. Original article  

16 Mar 2011


Lifeline Caller Profile Booklet

This booklet provides an analysis of a sample call data in 2008/2009 and highlights a number of serious crisis support issues that are addressed by this service. Original article  

16 Mar 2011


How to change a life - rural mental health support for young people

The ACB's Bush Telegraph recently travelled to Canberra for the Heywire youth forum where young people spoke out on the changes needed to make their life worth living in rural, regional and remote Australia. Original article  

11 Mar 2011


What are the major drivers of prevalent disability burden in young Australians?

An article in the Medical Journal of Australia reports on the nature and conditions of disability among adolescents and young people in Australia. Original article  

10 Mar 2011


Researchers develop standardised model for treating child anxiety & depression

Macquarie University’s Centre for Emotional Health have developed a standardised model of therapist competencies for treating children and adolescents with anxiety and depressive disorders. Original article  

10 Mar 2011


Breaking down barriers - Parliamentary inquiry

Obstacles blocking access to education, training and employment opportunities for those with mental health issues will be the focus of a new parliamentary inquiry, which will also highlight the need to improve collaboration and coordination between government and service providers, as well as strategies to improve community, carer and employer capacity. Original article


07 Mar 2011


Perceived barriers and facilitators to mental health help-seeking in young people: a systematic review

A report from Biomedcentral looks into the reasons why adolescents and young adults tend not to seek help when experiencing mental health problems. readmore...  

23 Feb 2011 Stealth Campaign: Do you accept the challenge?, Australia’s leading online mental health service for young people, launched the Stealth Mission, challenging young people around Australia to get creative, get active and get stealthy to compete for a prize pack.  

16 Feb 2011


Cannabis treatment by post

A pilot study, by the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC), of a treatment program for cannabis dependence, which is delivered by post, has shown promising results:  

11 Feb 2011


Youth mental health first aid: a description of the program & an initial evaluation

From the International Journal for Mental Health Systems, this article discusses the Youth Mental Health First Aid Program, launched in Australia in 2007.  

03 Feb 2011


Girls who are bullied are at risk for substance use through depression

A new study reveals that adolescent girls may engage in substance use as a result of bullying-related depression.  

21 Jan 2011


Australian research into teen depression

A new study looks at optimism and how it can affect the onset of depression in early adolescence:  

17 Jan 2011


Resources to assist flood-affected youth

The Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network has released new resources for young people directly impacted by the Queensland floods; these include the Red Cross ‘After the emergency’ website.

Other general flood resources:


14 Jan 2011


What families need to know about adolescent depression

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has just published an updated and expanded edition of this guide to accurate diagnosis and effective treatment options for teenagers experiencing depression.


21 Dec 2010


Multi-million Co-operative Research Centre announced to improve the wellbeing of young Australians

The federal government has announced a cash investment of $27m towards the establishment of a Co-operative Research Centre for Young People, Technology and Wellbeing, led by the Inspire Foundation.  

09 Dec 2010


eheadspace: online support and counselling

headpace has launched a 24-7 online support and counselling service for Western Australia.  

03 Dec 2010


Mental illness running high among uni students

A report from the ABC states that 'researchers have found mental illness among Australian university students is five times higher than in the general population.'  

27 Nov 2010


Teen stress doubles risk of depression in adulthood

An article in the UK's Telegraph on a study evaluating the stress of children living in families where at least one parent is affected by a mood disorder.  

15 Nov 2010


Upcoming events

9th Nov 2015

Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference
Location: Melbourne
Type: Conference, seminar

5th Aug 2013

14th International Mental Health Conference
Location: Surfers Paradise QLD
Type: Conference, seminar

12th Aug 2015

16th International Mental Health Conference
Location: Gold Coast, Qld
Type: Conference, seminar

23rd May 2013

At Home with Eating Disorders conference
Location: Brisbane
Type: Conference, seminar

13th Jun 2013

CAMIT: Cannabis and Mental Illness Treatment Workshop
Location: Parkville, Victoria
Type: Training/professional development

9th Apr 2013

Early Intervention for Borderline Personality Disorder workshop
Location: Parkville, Victoria
Type: Conference, seminar

14th Oct 2013

5th Jul 2013

Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People
Location: Auckland, NZ
Type: Conference, seminar

21st Jun 2013

Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People
Location: Adelaide, SA
Type: Conference, seminar

31st May 2013

Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People
Location: Sydney, NSW
Type: Conference, seminar

6th Feb 2013

Perspectives on Coping and Resilience
Location: Sydney, NSW
Type: Conference, seminar

30th Sep 2013

Second International Youth Mental Health Conference
Location: Brighton, UK
Type: Conference, seminar

14th Jun 2013

The Future of Youth Mental Health
Location: Canberra, ACT
Type: Conference, seminar

28th Feb 2015

The Grieving Adolescent
Location: Melbourne
Type: Training/professional development

26th Jun 2014

The Young People at Risk Forum
Location: Melbourne, VIC
Type: Conference, seminar

11th Jul 2013

Working with High Risk Young People workshop
Location: Parkville, Victoria
Type: Training/professional development

28th Feb 2014

YMHO2 - Youth Mental Health - Optimisng Outcomes
Location: Brisbane
Type: Conference, seminar

12th Jun 2013

16th Nov 2014

Youth Mental Health First Aid Course
Location: Melbourne
Type: Training/professional development

7th Apr 2013

Youth mental health instructor training course
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Type: Training/professional development

28th Jun 2013

Youth Mental Health Symposium
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Type: Conference, seminar

Link between student debt and depression

A study at the University of South Carolina in the US has found that, perhaps unsurprisingly, high levels of student debt are a major cause of stress for young adults.

28 Jan 2015

Help for young people in distress

Child Family Community Australia has released an updated list of helplines and telephone counselling services for children, young people and parents.

28 Jan 2015

Deaf advocate Drisana Levitzke-Gray named Young Australian of the Year

Being born deaf has never stopped Drisana Levitzke-Gray from being heard. The 21-year-old, from Perth, has pushed for the rights of deaf children around the world to learn Auslan, the sign language used by the Australian deaf community. On Sunday, she received a national honour for her efforts in promoting diversity and acceptance of deaf people by being named Young Australian of the Year for 2015. She joins three other women in a sweep of the Australian of the Year awards.

27 Jan 2015

FYA wants youth ideas

THE Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) has launched a massive national campaign aimed at engaging young people across the country to reveal their best ideas for building a better Australia. FYA CEO Jan Owen said Innovation Nation - 1000 ideas for a Better Australia was a national ideas challenge for young people, starting the first youth-led conversation about innovation.  FYA in collaboration with a number of not-for-profit, corporate and philanthropic partners, wants to uncover young people's innovative ideas for tackling major challenges across the nation. Those with the best ideas will have the opportunity to secure $10,000 in seed funding to turn their dream into a reality.

27 Jan 2015

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child and Family Portal

The Knwoledge Circle, a resource that provides support to a range of professionals working across a variety of interrelated sectors. Providing information for service providers, researchers and policy-makers, who are encouraged to explore this site and to share their stories about "what works" to keep their children safe and happy.

23 Jan 2015

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