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Published Friday 12 July 2019
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New youth mental health strategy begins

The first-ever Healthy Minds Strategy is set to be developed here in Mitchell Shire.

The four-year strategy (2019-2023) will plan and advocate for the services and programs young people need to manage their mental health and wellbeing.

Mitchell Shire’s youth experience higher than average levels of mental illness and have limited access to services. With our population rapidly growing, it is time to build a youth strategy that understands young people.

The Healthy Minds Strategy early research is now complete with a Key Issues Report developed.

Now, we will be talking to the community throughout 2019 to collect your thoughts and reflections on youth mental health in Wallan to help develop the strategy.

You can contribute towards this important work by adding your stories and ideas here.

Following this, a draft strategy will be produced by October.

This project was made possible due to $20,000 of funding assistance from the Building Better Regions Fund through the Australian Government.

This project is occurring at a time of reform to mental health services in Victoria, as the State Government launched its Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System in February.

The Commission will develop a set of actions to improve the current system and the state of public health in Victoria following in-depth investigation and community consultation.

Quotes attributable to Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm

“Young people are the future of our community and when they are healthy and happy, they can stay resilient in tough times and be a more active part of the community,” he said.

“With our rapidly growing shire, we want to be proactive in our approach to youth mental health and the Healthy Minds Strategy will help us push for increased services through our community."