Hogan: We need to do more for our kids' mental health

FEDERAL Member for Page Kevin Hogan has thrown his full support behind an increase in mental health services in the Clarence Valley following the recent report in youth mental health.

"The Clarence Valley needs more mental youth services and I will be campaigning for such," Mr Hogan said.

"In light of this report, I believe there is much more that we need to be doing to protect our youth given the troubling statistics."

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Mr Hogan was taken aback by the concerning statistics but said there was also some uplifting figures mentioned.

"One in five teenage girls aged between 16 and 17 had a major clinical disorder is a very startling statistic," he said. "On a positive note more people are seeking help.

"I speak to many school counsellors, health service workers and welfare agencies which operate in this space and they do say it is becoming more acceptable for the young to talk about these issues."

Mr Hogan said he would campaign for a change for youths.

"I will certainly be campaigning and lobbying the Federal Government to increase resources to make sure regional areas address these issues as much as metro areas," he said.

"I have been speaking with many school counsellors, health service workers and welfare agencies as well as local psychologists and psychiatrist about what would work best in this space.

"I will also be watching closely the report and recommendations due in October from the expert reference group - headed by respected former Beyond Blue CEO Kate Carnell - that will feed into the creation of a new national Mental Health Plan."



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