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Tasmanian Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy

In March 2020 the Tasmanian Premier committed to develop Tasmania’s first comprehensive, long-term, whole-of-government, Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy for children aged 0-25 years. Wellbeing is about a child or young person’s quality of life. When they have a strong sense of wellbeing they feel happy, healthy, capable and engaged and able to have a good life. The Tasmanian Child and Youth Wellbeing Framework provides a common understanding of wellbeing through the use of six wellbeing domains.

Consultations for the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy will occur from November 2020 through to mid-February 2021. The strategy will be delivered in the first half of 2021 to be considered in the 2021-22 Tasmanian Budget.

MHCT have partnered with the Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT) to facilitate consultations with young Tasmanians across the state in early 2021.

The following sessions have been organised for young people aged between 12-25 as an opportunity to have their say and contribute their ideas to the development of the strategy:

 

Location Date Time Venue
St Helens Wednesday 27 January 1:00pm – 3:00pm ‘The Bungalow’, Neighbourhood House
25 Circassian St, St Helens
Launceston Thursday 28 January 12:30pm – 2:30pm ‘The Mish’, 48 Frederick St, Launceston
Queenstown Tuesday 2 February 1:00pm – 3:00pm Council Chamber, 11 Sticht St, Queenstown
Smithton Wednesday 3 February 3:30pm – 5:30pm Circular Head Council Chambers
33 Goldie St, Smithton
Devonport Thursday 4 February 3:30pm – 5:30pm Paranaple Centre, Aberdeen Room, Market Square, 145 Rooke St, Devonport
Flinders Island Friday 5 February Closed consultation at Flinders Island District High

*General community consultation occurring in the evening. Find out more here.

Hobart Monday 15 February 3:30pm – 5:30pm Youth ARC, 44 Collins St, Hobart
King Island Friday 12 February Closed consultation at King Island District High

*General community consultation occurring in the evening. Find out more here.

Enquiries about the consultation sessions can be directed to youth@mhct.org or by calling 0431 792 073.

Tasmanian Youth Mental Health Forum (2019)

The Mental Health Council of Tasmania (MHCT) partnered with Primary Health Tasmania (PHT) and the Tasmanian Department of Health to deliver the Tasmanian Youth Mental Health Forum: Exploring Integration and Innovation on 6-7 November 2019. In a complex policy context including current work by the State Government’s Southern Mental Health Integration Taskforce and the development of a joint State and Federal Government Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan, this Forum was arranged for the Tasmanian mental health sector to facilitate meaningful engagement in, and consideration of, recent trends identified in youth mental health including:

• Lack of awareness of appropriate services and support available;
• Increased demand for and on youth mental health services;
• Young people presenting more acutely unwell; and
• Increased funding and services for young people