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    Taylor Johnstone

    Youth Research Council Member

    Originally from Warrnambool in country Victoria, Taylor moved to Melbourne to study osteopathic medicine. He is passionate about the mental health of young men and hopes to use his lived experience of depression to help eradicate barriers and develop early intervention strategies for other young men.

    Taylor has previously volunteered for Life Saving Victoria, the Warrnambool City Youth Council, Cancer Council Victoria and World Vision and hopes to bring the skills he has gained from these roles into the field he is most passionate about.

    Ultimately Taylor would love to be able to create wide-ranging early intervention programs such as this that delve into the schools, sporting organisations and similar to educate this population and attempt to reduce the unhealthy stigma that is associated with male mental illness.

    Taylor believes that all young men can undergo change regarding their perception of mental ill-health and by educating and assisting this age group a vast change could occur to the entire mental health outlook of the country. He also has many ideas for research that would allow for a greater understanding of this population - and their opinions on mental ill-health - to occur and hope to employ them during my tenure on the Youth Research Council.