Melissa recently relocated from Canberra to Melbourne to pursue a double degree in Psychology and Music at Monash University.
She is motivated to pursue a career in youth mental health research after recovering from an acute eating disorder and experiencing the limitations in current services. Melissa has a strong interest in the role of creative expression to maintain wellbeing, and the benefits of complimenting mainstream treatment with art and music therapies. More broadly, she aspires to help close the gap between early-intervention and high-level treatment services in order to prevent relapse and make treatment more affordable and effective Australia-wide.
Since being trained by the Butterfly Foundation in storytelling, Melissa’s story has been published in online magazines, she regularly presents in high schools and she was interviewed by ABC national to promote increased federal funding for Canberran mental health services. Additionally, she is a current mentor for headspace national’s latest youth mental health campaign and a member of the Butterfly Foundation’s ‘Empowered Voices’ speakers’ bureau.
As a member of the Youth Research Council, she is particularly interested in utilising the power of research to improve the effectiveness of youth-specific treatment, and advocate for federal funding for mental health services.