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Access to health care services. Young people don’t access health services due to personal concerns and lack of knowledge Young people prefer to go to friends, family and siblings Young people access trusted school staff NSW Centre for the Advancement of Adolescent Health - Access Study.

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    1. Access to health care services • Young people don’t access health services due to personal concerns and lack of knowledge • Young people prefer to go to friends, family and siblings • Young people access trusted school staff NSW Centre for the Advancement of Adolescent Health -Access Study

    2. What modifications can be made to the social environment to support the health and wellbeing of young people?

    3. The big change … technology Young people 15 -17 years old: Over 94% accessed the internet in last 12 months Increase from 83% in previous 12 months 66% use the internet at least daily How are they using it? 40% say they can’t live without the internet Most common activities are games, homework and downloading music Emergence of social networking and user-generated content sites E.g. Myspace, Youtube, Facebook

    4. Where do young people turn for advice and support? Mission Australia, 2008 Internet preferred to telephone helpline (3-6 times), teachers (2-6 times), school counsellors (2-5 times), community agencies/youth workers (2 times), doctors/ministers (2 times)

    5. The challenge meets the technology…

    6. Inspire’s Mission To help millions of young people lead happier lives Inspire Youth Ambassadors

    7. Our Programs… Reach Out provides information, support and resources to help young people improve their understanding of mental health issues and increase resilience, coping skills and help-seeking behaviour. Helps YP help themselves through tough times SupportsYP to become more connected to their community • ActNow is an online program that connects young people with opportunities to learn more about their world and take action on the social issues they care about.

    8. About Reach Out... Objectives: Promotepositive mental health by increase help-seeking, coping, problem solving skills, and reduce stigma Reduce youth suicide rates Who is it for? 14 – 25 year olds going through a tough time, or supporting a friend or relative through a tough time

    9. About Reach Out... Why do young people use it? Anonymous and confidential– no one has to know you’re using it Is available24/7 Reach Out knows what it is talking about – all info is written in consultation with experts Reach Out is real and relevant – a broad community of youth ambassadors make sure of that

    10. The Impact … Service effectiveness • 73% of users will return to RO when going through a tough time • 76% report improved mental health literacy • 59% of users have spoken to MH professional after visiting RO Social Contribution • Suicide rates are down 57% since 1997 (ABS, 2009)

    11. Thank you Janice Atkin Reach Out Program Manager E: janice@inspire.org.au Ph: 02 8585 9344 http://teachers.reachoutpro.com.au