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Mental health

Good mental health is an essential component of wellbeing and is important for children from infancy and early childhood through to adolescence and young adulthood.

The Commissioner takes a broad view of mental health – from the development of mentally healthy children and young people through to the provision of services and programs for children and young people who are unwell.

In 2011 the Commissioner completed an Inquiry into the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in Western Australia, which resulted in 54 recommendations.

In 2015, a review of the implementation of these recommendations was undertaken and 12 new recommendations were made to guide the planning and delivery of better mental health programs and services for children and young people into the future.


Reports

Reports

Co-designing technologies to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people

Oversight of services for children and young people in Western Australia

Oversight of services for children and young people in Western Australia

Our Children Can’t Wait: Review of the implementation of recommendations of the 2011 Report of the Inquiry into the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in WA

The State of Western Australia's Children and Young People – Edition Two

Issues Papers

Issues Papers

Mental Health

Policy Briefs

Policy Briefs

Prevention and early intervention for mental health problems and disorders in children and young people

Developed from the Commissioner's 2011 Mental Health Inquiry

Children and young people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities

Developed from the Commissioner's 2011 Mental Health Inquiry

Children and young people with disability

Developed from the Commissioner's 2011 Mental Health Inquiry

Transition to adulthood

Developed from the Commissioner's 2011 Mental Health Inquiry

Submissions

Submissions

Submission to Mental Health Commission – Working Together: An Engagement Framework for the Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Sector: 2018-2025

Submission to the Mental Health Commission with feedback on their draft consumer engagement framework for the mental health, alcohol and other drug sector.

Submission to Mental Health Commission - feedback on draft Mental Health Promotion, Mental Illness and Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Plan 2018-2025

Submission to the Mental Health Commission with feedback on their draft promotion and prevention plan for the mental health, alcohol and other drug sector.

Submission to the Western Australian Sustainable Health Review

Submission to the WA State Government’s Sustainable Health review

Letter to National Mental Health Commission - Engage and Participate in Mental Health project

Letter to National Mental Health Commission with feedback on consumer engagement and participation approaches with children and young people in the mental health sector.

More Information

More Information

Report on the second Australian Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing

Young Minds Matter survey

Events

Events

Thinker in Residence 2016-17

The 2016-17 Thinker in Residence was e-mental health researcher and advocate Professor Jane Burns. Professor Jane Burns is Professor of Innovation and Industry at The University of Sydney in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Her work focuses on driving practical and positive change in the community and the mental health sector, with a priority on uniting young people with researchers, practitioners and innovators to explore the role of technology in improving mental health programs and services.

Addressing Bullying Behaviour in Children and Young People 2015

During Children's Week 2015 the Commissioner held a free public forum for parents, teachers and other professionals about effective methods of reducing bullying behaviour, which included a presentation by Winthrop Professor Donna Cross from the Telethon Kids Institute.

Thinker in Residence 2014

International expert in child resilience Dr Michael Ungar visited Perth in 2014, offering new perspectives on a community-wide approach to building resilience in children and young people, particularly those who are vulnerable or who have complex needs.

Thinker in Residence 2013

Canadian early childhood expert, Dr Stuart Shanker, examined the function and application of self-regulation as a factor in improving the wellbeing of children and young people in Western Australia.

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