$50k funding injection for youth mental health

A peer-led approach to the mental health and wellbeing of young people across Queensland will get a $50,000 funding injection.

Peer Support Australia will use the money to deliver the Beyond the School Gate project to young people in Brisbane and regional areas.

Aftercare also will get $8000 for a series of creative workshops to support the wellbeing of family and carers supporting people with mental illness.

Rights in Action will use $2528 to help people with mental illness learn ways to advocate for themselves.

This money is part of $450,000 granted statewide for Queensland Mental Health Week to improve mental health through greater social inclusion and community connectedness.

Health Minister Cameron Dick said about 900,000 Queenslanders lived with mental illness of differing types and severity.

He said the best opportunity to make a positive and meaningful difference to a person’s wellbeing often arose long before they asked for help.

“It is crucial people living in regional and rural Queensland have access to mental health and wellbeing resources and services,” he said.

“We know there are unique factors that impact those living in these geographically isolated areas, so it is vital they have mental health support in their communities, where it’s needed.

“Strong mental health and wellbeing enables us to cope with the everyday stresses of life, make a productive contribution to our community and achieve our full potential.

“But some mental illnesses can be prevented, and by acting early we can reduce the number of people who experience mental illness in our state.”