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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Youth mental health program to be developed in Mt Isa

The city of Mount Isa in Queensland will be used as a testing site for a national program by the Australasian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health addressing mental health issues in young Australians, with a particular focus on Indigenous youths.

The program will be a reworked version of the existing Deadly thinking program, which aims to improve the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous adults living in remote communities.

According to Project Officer Michelle Leenders, the Mount Isa area was chosen because of its proximity to remote Indigenous communities and the high rate of youth suicide in the area.

It is anticipated that the adaptation of the Deadly thinking program for youth will help minimise their future engagement with mental health services. As Ms Leenders states, 'If we can actually do some proactive stuff for people when they are younger, they are not going to need the services of mental health facilities when they are older because they will have the skills and ways to process information and get over problems.'

Source: 612 ABC Brisbane

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612 ABC Brisbane
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South Brisbane Qld 4101
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Brisbane Qld 4001
Ph: (07) 3377 5222
Fax: (07) 3377 5612

Australasian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
PO Box 2362
Cairns Qld 4870
Ph: 1300 515951
Email: info@acrrmh.com.au

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Last updated: 30 September 2013
 
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