Youth mental health service models and approaches

Youth mental health service models and approaches

Considerations for primary care

The task of commissioning health services can be challenging, but also rewarding as it provides a real opportunity to improve lives. This is particularly pertinent in youth mental health where quality services and interventions help support young people’s recovery and reduce their chances of long-term mental ill-health.

Considerations for primary care has been developed to support Primary Health Network (PHN) staff to commission appropriate, high-quality, youth mental health services. It is a tool to assist PHNs as they work to design evidence-based solutions that meet the needs of local young people experiencing mental health challenges – particularly those with severe and complex mental illness.

The document provides a framework for thinking about youth mental health services and programs and poses various considerations for PHNs. Examples of good practice are included throughout, as well as background information on a range of relevant topics and links to additional information and resources.