People living in rural and remote areas face unique mental health risk factors and have more limited access to mental health services. Service provision and workforce issues have been the subject of many reviews, inquiries and policy development. The extent of mental ill-health experienced by young people living in rural and remote Australia is unknown. What is known, is that young people experience high rates of suicide and the rate of suicide increases with remoteness.
Innovative responses to support primary health services to provide mental health care are needed to enable improved access for young people. A trial of new initiatives in local contexts provides an opportunity to test ideas and identify solutions that can then be implemented more widely.