Global youth mental health framework

Global youth mental health framework

In developing the global framework Orygen staff have conducted face-to-face and online consultations with young people, families, clinicians, economists, policy makers and others from North and South America, Asia, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Africa.

From the consultations a global framework has been developed consisting of eight key principles that underpin an approach to youth mental health. The principles include:

  • rapid, easy and affordable access
  • youth specific care
  • awareness, engagement and integration
  • early intervention
  • youth partnership
  • family engagement and support
  • continuous improvement
  • prevention.

The framework needs to be flexible to work across different settings and factor in local context such as culture, funding, political will, popular will, existing infrastructure and availability and skill level of workforce.

A locally operationalised youth mental health model needs to work with the existing health system, at whatever level that exists in each setting, as well as existing youth facing agencies such as schools, sporting groups, spiritual leaders, police and other support agencies.

The framework report is currently being finalised and will be available on this site by the second quarter of 2020.

See the current draft framework.