Including Mental Health in an Online Youth Community

The 2018 International Mental Health Conference is almost upon us again, this year the conference will be held over the 8th – 10th August at the RACV Royal Pines on the Gold Coast, Queensland. This annual conference is now in its 19th year and continues to be the pinnacle event in the mental health industry. The Conference provides an invaluable opportunity to build relationships and to share knowledge, research and …

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Structural barriers to employability for at-risk youth

Paula McDonald; Katherine Moore; Deanna Grant-Smith, Queensland University of Technology. Young Australians who are at risk of long term unemployment face a range of system-level challenges. Our research draws on four separate research projects to identify these challenges and to subsequently inform policy and institutional change. Data comprised: (1) 50 de-identified cases of young job seekers registered with a job active provider; (2) 80 in-depth interviews with young job-seekers; (3) …

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Breaking the Silence on Mental Illness

By Alessandro R Demaio, Harvard University It is estimated that almost one-in-two Australians will be affected by mental illness in their lifetime, and around 20% of us are affected by some form of mental disorder each year. Despite this, mental illnesses and those that are affected, continue to be subject to taboo and discrimination. As part of the Melbourne NCDFREE bootcamp this May, we challenged our young leaders to develop …

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