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Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Gap in Mental Health Services for Young Australians

Elina Marsh

As the prevalence of mental illness in Australia continues to increase, so does the demand for accessible and affordable mental health services.

Despite some recent developments being made within the mental health care system, young Australians are still struggling to access the support that they need.

Lengthy waiting lists, pricey costs for psychological services, and a lack of mental health services catered to young adults are only exacerbating Australia’s mental health crisis.

Is Australia’s youth mental health care system broken, and if so, how can it be fixed?

If you or someone you know is experiencing mental ill-health, support is out there.

Talk to a GP or health professional, help and resources are also available:
SANE Australia Helpline: 1800 18 SANE (7263)
Beyond Blue support service line: 1300 22 46 36
Black Dog Institute
headspace: 1800 650 850

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