Global youth mental health framework

Global youth mental health framework

In developing the global youth mental health framework Orygen staff have conducted face-to-face consultations with young people, families, clinicians, economists, policy makers and others from North and South America, Asia, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Africa.

From the consultations a draft global framework has been developed consisting of eight key principles that underpin an approach to youth mental health. The principles include:

  • rapid, easy and affordable access
  • youth specific care
  • awareness, engagement and integration
  • early intervention
  • youth partnership
  • family engagement and support
  • continuous improvement
  • prevention.

The framework must be flexible enough to apply across different settings and factor in local context such as culture, funding, political will, popular will, existing infrastructure and availability and skill level of workforce.

The locally operationalised youth mental health model needs to work with the existing health system, at whatever level that that exists in each setting, as well as work with existing youth facing agencies such as schools, sporting groups, police and other welfare agencies.

The framework will continue to be refined on the basis of consultation until late in 2019 to allow time for final development for presentation at Davos in January 2020.

See the current draft framework.