The Swan City Youth Service (SCYS) will expand its support for local young people, thanks to a $200,000 grant from the Morrison Government.

The funding over three years will enable the service to employ an additional youth worker so young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can receive the help they need in the right place, at the right time, in the right way.

I am aware of the increasing demand for SCYS services, with many young people seeking help for the challenges they face.

That’s why the funding for the employment of a youth worker is so important to support SCYS’s ongoing work to help around 950 individual young people who reach out to it, almost half whom are young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

This funding is in addition to the recent funding of $280,000 provided by the Morrison Government to support a youth mental health clinician based at SCYS.

I know for some young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are affected by family breakdown, illness and substance misuse, being positive about their own personal health and that of friends and family is important.

I am encouraged by these young people who come forward to talk about what's going on in their lives and seek support.

Adolescence can be a period of risk taking and experimentation, but early intervention is the key to minimising the impact of mental health, drug and alcohol challenges.

Half of all mental health conditions in adulthood emerge by age 14, and three-quarters by age 24[1].

Access to people like youth workers can provide the right support so no one has to suffer in silence and can get back to living a healthy, strong and connected life. 

Our Government is committed to ensuring Australians of all ages have access to the support they need to face life’s challenges.

We have prioritised better mental health for all Australians with $4.7 billion expected to be spent on mental health this financial year. 

Tackling these issues together is essential because good health is a key enabler in supporting youth in education, adults to lead productive working lives, and in building strong and resilient communities.

1 https://healthyfamilies.beyondblue.org.au/age-13/mental-health-conditions-in-young-people