Australians are taking the initiative with youth mental health and suicide, creating and leading strategies that are already making an enormous difference. Join us as a panel of community heroes discuss their approaches to tackling youth mental health challenges in the 21st century.
Event type: Panel
Date: Tuesday 23 October 2018
Time: 6 – 7.30pm
Venue: MacLaurin Hall, Manning Road, The University of Sydney
Cost: Free and open to all with online registrations required
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Please note: while there is some parking available at New Law Building carpark, Shepherd Street carpark, Broadway and some street parking, spaces are limited so we suggest using public transport whenever possible.
Research on Australia's rates of youth mental health and suicide paint a grim picture. Almost a third of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth – 15 to 19 year olds – meet the criteria for a probable serious illness, according to a 2017 national youth mental health report by Mission Australia and the Black Dog Institute. Australian Bureau of Statistics data show that Indigenous youth are more than twice as likely to commit suicide as non-Indigenous youth.
In an ever-changing 21st century world, what challenges do our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth face, and how can we support them to combat and hopefully overcome them? This expert panel will demonstrate that there are substantial grounds for optimism and a positive future. It brings together staff from the University of Sydney who specialise in mental health and members of our First Nation Communities who have already achieved success in tackling complex and common youth health challenges.
The panel will discuss the community-led responses underway to support our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth – including the importance of role models and ways to engage youth to address mental health challenges and improve suicide prevention.
Keen to keep the conversation going? Please stay join us for light refreshments after the event.
Image: artwork by Serika Shillingsworth
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