The Victorian Royal Commission into Mental Health is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create an effective mental healthcare system for all Victorians.

Youth Affairs Council Victoria believes that, if the Royal Commission into Mental Health recognises and addresses the unique needs of young Victorians, everyone will have a brighter, healthier future.

We're seeking input from workers from rural and regional areas who support young people with lived experience of mental illness to share their thoughts and knowledge with YACVic to inform our submission.

A separate survey for young people is also available and we ask you to encourage young people in your local community to share their perspectives:

All of the data collected will be anonymous and de-personalised in YACVic's submission.

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* 1. Are you a youth worker or someone who works directly to support young people?

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* 2. What are two benefits of young people having a voice on mental health?

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* 3. Are young people given the opportunity to have a voice on mental health in your area?

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* 4. What opportunities are young people given to have a voice on mental health in this area?

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* 5. What are two strengths of rural communities in supporting young people?

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* 6. Can you provide examples of how young people have demonstrated resilience in responding to mental health concerns in the local area?

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* 7. What are the barriers which prevent young people in rural and regional Victoria from accessing the right mental health support when they need it?

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* 8. Drawing on the benefits and strengths, what strategies do you recommend the sector consider to better include young people in overcoming the barriers, and develop local responses to mental health?

(E.g. host training in schools, having young people involved in expert advisory groups for local services etc.)

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* 9. Our submission will be more powerful if it includes real stories of young people and youth workers' experiences. Tell us about your experience of mental health and accessing services.

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* 10. What is your age?

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* 11. What is your postcode

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* 12. Would you like to stay up-to-date on YACVic's response to the Victorian Royal Commission into Mental Health?

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* 13. What is your email address?

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