Dave chats with Connie Digolis, Mental health Council of Tasmania CEO who explains Tomorrow , participants from Tasmania’s mental health services and the broader community sector will come together to hear from experts in youth mental health and work together to collectively explore strategies and solutions that support the ongoing development of an innovative and integrated youth mental health system for our state.
The Tasmanian Youth Mental Health Forum brings together key decision makers, practitioners and youth mental
health service providers to explore how we can continue to integrate services and improve outcomes for young
people. The forum is a partnership between the Mental Health Council of Tasmania, Primary Health Tasmania
(Tasmania PHN), the State Government and the Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT).
Connie Digolis, Mental health Council of Tasmania CEO, is pleased to see such a significant response from the sector who have demonstrated a willingness to participate and share ideas.
This Forum comes as a result of conversations with government agencies, service providers and families about
difficulties in navigating and accessing services and an increased universal demand for youth mental health services.
We have been continually talking about the need for an integrated mental health system, and this couldn’t be truer for young Tasmanians and their families that deserve access to care and support that will meet their needs at the right time,” said Ms Digolis.
Tania Hunt, CEO of the Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT), has been instrumental in organising the Forum and will be part of an expert panel during the Forum.
“Crucially, over the two days we will hear from young people around what has worked for them and some of the
barriers they have faced to accessing the type of care they needed when unwell. During consultations, young
Tasmanians have identified mental health as their leading health concern.
Young Tasmanians have reported
significant challenges in accessing appropriate and timely mental health care and support and therefore need to be included in the conversation in planning for an integrated mental health system,” Ms Hunt said.
Following the Forum, community information session will be held across the state in early 2020 to share the Forum outcomes and hear more from young people, families, frontline workers in services and other stakeholders.
Those addressing the forum include
Professor Jane Burns – Professor of Social Innovation, Swinburne University
Dr Joanna Henderson – Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada
Grant Akesson – Primary Health Tasmania, Mental Health Stream Lead
Tania Hunt – YNOT (Youth Network of Tasmania) CEO
Leanne McLean – Commissioner for Children and Young People Tasmania
Matthew Etherington – 2019 Tasmanian Young Achiever of the Year
Connie Digolis – CEO Mental Health Council of Tasmania
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