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Adolescence and young adulthood are critical stages for emotional, social and physical growth and development, including brain development. It is a time when young people can be particularly vulnerable and require the right support to ensure that they are able to reach their potential.
Experiences of violence, trauma or neglect undermine young people’s development. Even without such negative experiences, adolescence can be a difficult time of transition and change. Flexible, integrated services support services play an important role in ensuring all young people maximise their capacity to participate in education, training and/or employment.
Yet many communities in Victoria, particularly in rural and regional areas and on the urban metropolitan fringe, have no early support services for young people, or generalist youth services. Where services are available, they are often not local, making it difficult for young people to get to them.
Currently, one of the most significant gaps in youth support services is in the availability of psycho-social counselling services and early intervention to secondary level mental health support services. Generalist youth services play an important role in reducing the onset of serious mental illness by providing timely support for…...Read more
Carly Nowell is a VCOSS Policy Advisor
Contact Carly at firstname.lastname@example.org