Nillumbik’s young people seek mental health care

Constituency question

March 22, 2022

Tania MAXWELL (Northern Victoria) (12:16):

My constituency question is for the Minister for Mental Health (Hon. James Merlino MP) and concerns the need for local youth specialist services in the Nillumbik shire.

Nine hundred young people participated in the council’s 2021 Young Minds: Your Voice, Our Future engagement process. They identified mental health as the most important issue facing young people in the shire.

There are no direct service providers based in the shire, and information from key regional service organisations shows that young people in Nillumbik are not accessing available mental health services despite high levels of anxiety and concerning disengagement rates from education. Nillumbik shire seek an engaging and targeted youth outreach service for their region to provide early intervention and support for their young people.

My question to the minister is: what specific resources will be provided to the Nillumbik shire to meet the mental health needs of their young people?