Are we reaching them yet? Service access patterns among attendees at the headspace youth mental health initiative
Article first published online: 4 APR 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Child and Adolescent Mental Health © 2012 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 18, Issue 2, pages 95–102, May 2013
How to Cite
Patulny, R., Muir, K., Powell, A., Flaxman, S. and Oprea, I. (2013), Are we reaching them yet? Service access patterns among attendees at the headspace youth mental health initiative. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 18: 95–102. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2012.00662.x
- Issue published online: 11 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 4 APR 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 4 JAN 2012
- Mental health;
- young people;
- service access;
- social and economic participation
Australian young people have a high prevalence of mental health problems but low rates of service use. This article examines whether the Australian National Youth Mental Health Foundation, headspace, has helped redress this through providing youth-specific services.
The article compares headspace service use demographics with population data from the Australian Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing from 2007.
Headspace has improved access relative to the population, particularly among males and socially and economically excluded young people.
Despite overall successes, certain ethnic and age groups appear under-represented and in need of more careful targeting by youth mental health services.