CSU academic welcomes focus on prevention of youth mental health problems

A Charles Sturt University (CSU) academic specialising in the welfare of children and young people has welcomed government recognition of the need to address youth mental health issues.

Mr Neil Barber, a lecturer with the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at CSU in Wagga Wagga believes the focus should be on preventing mental health problems, particularly when associated with alcohol and drug abuse.

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has recently agreed to develop a National Partnership to move Australia’s mental health system away from crisis-driven activity towards prevention, early intervention and care in the community. “The statistical data collated from state and federal health bodies on self harm and suicide alone has for some time reported not only high levels of incidence in rural areas, but with only odd exceptions, generally an upward trend in rural areas,” Mr Barber said.


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