Mental Health Complaints Commissioner

Celebrating Youth Week 2015

National Youth Week, the annual celebration of people aged 12 to 25 years, starts 10 April 2015 and continues until 19 April 2015. National Youth Week gives young people the chance to express their ideas and opinions about issues that affect their lives.

According to Beyond Blue one in four young Australians currently has a mental health condition.

Many young people, however, don’t seek the help they need. Others may have had a negative experience with their service, but feel unable to speak up about their concerns.

We know it can be hard to raise a concern, but Victoria’s mental health laws give everyone who uses mental health services, including young people, the right to do so. They also require mental health services to have a process that supports people to raise their concerns.

We can also help. It’s our role to help people raise their concerns directly with their mental health service, or try and resolve these concerns by talking with the service ourselves.

You can contact us using our social media pages and our online complaint form as well as the more traditional methods.

Last year, more than 26,000 young people across Victoria took part in National Youth Week activities. This year, there’s everything from wellbeing expos to skate, dance and art events and same-sex formals. For more information about National Youth Week and what’s going on, go to: http://www.youthweek.com/

Keep an eye on our social media channels this week as we’ll be sharing information, events and stories from young people about mental wellbeing.

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