7 June 2017

Mental Health Needs of Young Australian Men Falling Through the Cracks

Mental Health Needs of Young Australian Men Falling Through the Cracks

Orygen, the National Centre for Excellence in Youth Mental Health has released a major report revealing that young men are continuing to fall through the cracks of our mental health system.

Titled ‘Keeping It Real: Reimagining mental health care for all young men’, the report finds that although young males are almost three times as likely to die by suicide as young Australian females, only a small proportion of young men are accessing services, or receiving appropriate treatment for their mental ill-health.

Rather than continuing to offer more of the same in terms of service and treatment models for young men experiencing mental ill health, the report is calling for innovative new approaches to be developed and trialled, co-designed with young men themselves.

Following the release of the report a forum on young men’s mental health was held, to bring together many of Australia’s leading service providers and organisations, relevant government agencies, peak and not-for-profit bodies, administrators and researchers to discuss how the recommendations made in the ‘Keeping it Real’ report can be implemented to find pathways forward in improving the mental health of Australia’s young men.  

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