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Children and young people—mental health services

MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (3.03): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) mental ill health in childhood and adolescence can have substantial impacts on wellbeing and productivity. These impacts are exacerbated for young people in high-risk groups such as those affected by violence, abuse, maltreatment, or poverty;

(b) the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ National Study of Mental Health and Wellbeing found that almost two in five people (39.6 percent) aged 16-24 years had a 12-month mental disorder in 2020-21. Split by gender, almost half (46.6 percent) of females aged 16-24 years and almost one third (31.2 percent) of males aged 16-24 years had a 12-month mental disorder;

(c) as reported in the 2021 Census, 35.3 percent of Gungahlin’s population are young people below 24 years of age; and

(d) supported by strong prevention and early intervention measures, young people can be empowered to manage their mental health and lead a psychologically healthy life;

(2) further notes:

(a) headspace provides services to young people aged 12-25 years at two locations in the ACT, namely Tuggeranong and Canberra city;

(b) at headspace, young people can access mental health services, sexual health services, work and study services, alcohol and drug services, and general practitioner doctor services; and

(c) young people located in the ACT’s northern-most suburbs face significant barriers if they need to access headspace’s services at the Canberra city location;

(3) acknowledges:

(a) the ACT Government is committed to supporting people living with a mental illness or mental disorder, and their families, friends, carers, and service providers;

(b) the ACT Government’s rollout of the online youth navigation portal, Mind Map, that supports young people find the care they need across the mental health system;

(c) the 2022-23 Budget includes an additional $70 million over four years for mental health and community health care support, building on over $40 million already provided to support mental health since May 2020, including new funding for youth measures:

(i) $8.1 million over four years to expand mental health supports for youth and young adults to address priority needs of young people who are experiencing or are at risk of mental health concerns and/or suicide and self-harm;

(ii) expanding the Childhood Early Intervention Team to Gungahlin Child and Family Centre;

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