Young people struggling with their mental health during, and after, the coronavirus pandemic will be able to access targeted, personalised therapy with Orygen through an innovative Victorian Government program.
Orygen Specialist Program provides mental health services for young people aged 15 to 25; with a focus on early intervention with those who have severe and/or complex mental illness.
Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said this week’s launch of Orygen’s new digital mental health platform for young people called MOST – Moderated Online Social Therapy – allows young people to access tailored online therapy and peer support, when and where they need it.
The Victorian Government said while staying at home and limiting physical interaction is vital to slowing the spread of the virus, it can be difficult for people’s mental health and wellbeing – particularly for those already experiencing mental health conditions.
Mr Walsh said the Government’s recent $59.4 million coronavirus mental health package included $6 million to fast-track the rollout of the program, which is already available for young people in the north and west of Melbourne, will see a progressive state-wide rollout during the next year.
Young people who live in public housing will also be among the first to benefit, with tenants able to be referred directly by their headspace or mental health clinician.
“The coronavirus pandemic has increased demand for mental health support across Victoria but has also meant we need to change the way we deliver mental health care,” Mr Walsh said.
“The MOST program is a ground-breaking service that means young people can get continuous, integrated face-to-face care from home,” he said.
“Importantly, the program is designed with, and for, young people – and the youth mental health services who provide the very best care for them.”
The Victorian Government has also committed more than $19 million in targeted mental health and psychosocial supports for young people and another $6.7 million has also expanded online and phone counselling services for beyondblue, Lifeline, Kids Helpline and Suicide Line Victoria.
You can find more details at oyh.org.au.