Community involvement in the development of a youth mental health service (April 2018)

This webinar will describe the process that the community of Swan Hill Victoria undertook prior to the establishment of a youth-specific mental health service in their community. It will describe the types of data and evidence that was developed to support a more coordinated response to young people with complex needs in the community.

The information in this webinar is current as at April, 2018.

Who is this webinar for?

Community members and leaders, politicians and administrators charged with designing, developing and establishing mental health services for young people.

What will you learn in this webinar?

  • The steps entailed in making your community an attractive partner for governments and funding bodies.
  • Processes to engage key stakeholders in collaborating for advocacy for youth mental health needs.
  • The importance of collaborative and evidence-based approaches to addressing youth mental health needs.


Ian Johansen

BSocWk/Grad Cert YMH/ AMHSW

Ian Johansen was the Swan Hill Youth Mental Health Project Worker prior to taking up his current position as the Manager of headspace Swan Hill. The work of the Swan Hill Youth Mental Health Project proved to be critical in attracting headspace to their regional community.

Of particular interest to Ian are the skills of developing clear evidence and partnerships in providing better outcomes for young people in rural settings.

Ian started out as a youth worker in rural Queensland in the 1990s and has a passion for strengthening the next generation of rural Australians thrive.


Zoe Teh

Zoe Teh has recently completed a Bachelor of Arts, Degree with Honours in Psychology, at the University of Melbourne. Her honours thesis was part of a larger longitudinal study at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute which investigated changes in postconcussive symptoms in young children aged between 5 to 12 years admitted to the Royal Children’s Hospital. She is currently working as a tutor at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences and is a youth representative for The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ Enabling Supported Decision-Making Project. She is also a youth advisor for Orygen’s Suicide Prevention project led by Dr. Jo Robinson and is passionate about destigmatising mental health and help-seeking for young people and their families.