WA youth share their experiences of the mental health system

A game-changing project was completed at WAAMH which is hoped to potentially change the way youth mental health services are delivered in the future.

It’s long been acknowledged that fragmented delivery and eligibility for mental health services as a person grows from a small child into adolescence and adulthood often causes confusion and stress as young people and their families and carers try to navigate the various systems. 

This project, led by WAAMH and funded by the Department of Finance, investigated the many journeys a young person can have when they seek help for mental health issues, resulting in a comprehensive picture of the “pain points” when seeking help.

The project worked with young people in WA who were experiencing or had used mental health and related services with the goal of capturing their journeys, experiences and pathways. Their experiences were used to illustrate how and where services are integrated, or not, and what effect this had on their recovery journey.

The final report from this project is now publicly available.

FINAL REPORT: YOUTH SERVICES INTEGRATION

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES THROUGH THE EYES OF YOUNG PEOPLE: THE SHORT VERSION OF OUR FINDINGS.