Mental health is one of the Australian government's priority health areas. The 'National Youth Mental Health Foundation: headspace' program was established as part of the 2005-2006 "Promoting Better Mental Heath" Federal Budget initiative. The broad mission of 'headspace' is to promote improvements in the mental health, social wellbeing and economic participation of young people, aged 12-25 years, in Australia. It has a particular focus on early identification and intervention for young people at risk of developing mental health problems, and those already showing early signs of mental health problems or associated drug and alcohol problems.
This evaluation assesses the extent to which 'headspace' is appropriately, efficiently and effectively expanding the capacity of the Australian community to respond to young people with mental health and associated issues such as substance misuse as well as achieving improvements in the mental health, social wellbeing and economic participation of young people.
headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation
Prof Mark Dadds (UNSW)
Prof David Bennett (Usyd)
Prof Peter Abelson (Applied Econ)
Prof John Toumbourou (Deakin)