The youth organisation ReachOut Australia recently hosted an online forum with Australia’s first Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, the Hon. Mark Butler, MP.

Recommendations from young people:

Treat mental health as physical health – focus on wellbeing.

Investment in health promotion and early intervention services.

Encourage early help-seeking, even for the small problems.

Mental Health education in schools for students and mental health training for teachers.

Specialised services and supports for young people.

E-mental health services.

Mandatory mental health training for all health professionals.