WHAT WE DO
- We want to improve mental health services for young people - and to encourage prevention as well as cure. We do this by advocating with politicians and policy-makers and by written submissions.
We work toward reducing risks for young people by advocating early intervention, more available counselling services, and programs to deal with issues like violence, substance abuse, stigma, unwanted pregnancies. We do this by advocating with politicians and policy-makers and by written submissions.
We work towards achieving our aims in collaborative partnerships of service providers, young people, parents and all others interested in mental health issues, for example the general public, all tiers of government, and professional organizations. We sponsor orations, seminars and workshops, alone or in collaboration with other organisations.
We publish regular newsletters reporting important mental health information, and we promote collation of research evidence and identification of best practice models on this website as the basis for our advocacy and policies.
ADVOCACY FOR BETTER SERVICES
- MHYFVic advocates that services promoting and restoring the well-being and mental health of young people and families need to be of high quality and easily accessible. This covers the whole range from universal services like schools, kindergartens and day care through to specialist services for identified mental illnesses. It also includes services that lie between these extremes, such as local doctors [G Ps), and programs for such problems as stress management, marital and parenting difficulties, domestic violence and substance abuse
MHYFVic supports Projects to identify which services are most effective in building the well-being and mental health of young people and families, and uses this information in lobbying for improvements. We do our lobbying through meetings with government officials, written submissions and public forums such as workshops and the annual Winston Rickards Memorial Oration
MHYFVic also believes in giving a voice to those who use the services as they are in the best position to give feedback on how well the services work. We ask all members, particularly consumers and carers within the service system, to inform MHYFVic of problems they encounter or issues they feel need to be addressed so that we can include these in our advocacy.
This is done by mail to PO Box 206, Parkville, Vic 3052, or email to email@example.com
Young People, as consumers, along with parents and carers, all have important roles in MHYFVic‘s advocacy to improve services
MHYFVic, as a lobby group, gains strength through collaboration. Young people, parents and carers, professionals and other members of the public unite as members on a broad range of issues. Our advocacy is generally in keeping with what other mental health lobby groups believe (for examples see our Linkages page), which strengthens our communal voice. Although we share a common voice with many other mental health organizations we are different because we do not limit ourselves to just one age group or issue, one professional discipline or one support base, but care about the whole spectrum of issues affecting the mental health of young people and their families
RESEARCH & POLICY
- Advocacy to policy makers requires well-researched evidence. MHYFVic therefore calls upon people who are already exploring topics of professional interest to share their findings with us and to work with us to develop proposals for improvements in mental health policy and practice
For each topic this development process is called a "Project". MHYFVic can host an unlimited number of projects aiming to develop proposals that we use in our submissions and meetings to argue for a better system
Each project is an opportunity to define a problem, summarise the scientific literature, look for best-practice examples, and to propose the implementation of evidence-based, effective interventions. MHYFVic offers the contributions of other members to assist on projects (subject to your wishes), and the means to share your ideas, research and for recommendations on our website.
If you have a special interest in any aspect of child and adolescent mental health, please contact MHYFVic. These interests might extend from the universal enhancement of early childhood development through to specialist treatments of mental illness in residential settings. MHYFVic‘s interests are broad, a reflection of our conceptual framework, which is set out in our "Principles and Policies" document
You can write to us at MHYFVic, PO Box 206, Parkville, Vic 3052, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Projects Coordinator will discuss your interests with you. It may be that you would like to collaborate with others or to develop your own Project on our website. If so, please be assured that there is considerable flexibility in how such Projects are run and in what you might want displayed
Our aim is to support your work and to make sure that the very best ideas are put forward in our advocacy. For examples of current projects see our Projects page
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- MHYF Vic Committee
* President : Jo Grimwade
* Vice-President : Jenny Luntz
* Past President : Allan Mawdsley
* Secretary : Cecelia Winkelman
* Treasurer : Anne Booth
* Membership Secretary : Kaye Geoghegan
* Projects Coordinator : Allan Mawdsley
* WebMaster : Ron Ingram
* Newsletter Editor : Allan Mawdsley
* Youth Consumer Representative : vacant
* Members without portfolio : Suzie Dean, Miriam Tisher, Celia Godfrey.