Early warning signs of mental ill-health in young people (December 2015)

Identifying early warning signs of mental ill-health in young people assists with earlier intervention resulting in the potential reduction of the severity and duration of ill-health.

The information in this webinar is current as at December, 2015.

Who is this webinar for?

Professionals who work with young people in the health and human services sector or young people and their family and friends with an interest in youth mental health.

What will you learn in this webinar?

  • The myths associated with mental ill-health that can contribute to stigma

  • The differences between mental well-being and mental ill-health

  • An understanding of the high-prevalence disorders of anxiety and depression

  • An understanding of the warning signs and factors that contribute to mental ill-health

  • An understanding of the perspectives of a young person

  • Where to go for help and how to support someone to seek help.


Liz BurgatLiz Burgat, Director, Clinical Programs, Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
Liz Burgat is the Director, Clinical Programs with responsibility for the operations of the four headspace centres operated by Orygen in Sunshine, Glenroy, Werribee and Craigieburn. With a background in Occupational Therapy, she has worked in both clinical and management settings within the public and private health systems in Australia and England. Liz is driven by a desire to strive for better outcomes for young people with mental illness and believes early intervention treatments, advocacy, strengthening community partnerships, youth and family participation are central to making a difference and reducing stigma.

Apurva NargundkarApurva Nargundkar, Youth Advisory Group member headspace Glenroy
Apurva Nargundkar is a student of psychology and a member of the Youth Advisory Group at headspace Glenroy. She is very passionate and excited about mental health, and she looks forward to working with young people, families and communities to promote mental and general well-being.


Jess PhillipsJess Phillips, Community Awareness Officer, headspace Glenroy
Jess Phillips has studied Literature and Psychology and has extensive experience in Youth Participation projects and initiatives. In addition to her job at headspace, Jess is also a Youth Engagement Champion (Clinical Programs) with Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and mentors VCE Literature students, supporting them to get through the pointy end of Year 12.
 She is passionate about involving young people in the decisions that directly affect their lives and about creating cultural change within headspace.