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(Australia) Call for "universal mental health programsin

Dec 7, 2017, (Australia) Guardian: ‘Sadness is all you have’: why youth mental health is in need of urgent help https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/dec/07/sadness-is-all-you-have-why-youth-mental-health-is-in-need-of-urgent-help A new survey of 24,055 young Australians, released today by Mission Australia, shows mental health has been identified as the most important issue in the nation. It is the first time mental health has topped the list. About one-third of young people (33.7%) recorded mental health as the most important issue in Australia, doubling from 14.9% in 2015. The Mission Australia chief executive, James Toomey, said the results showed the need for a comprehensive, coordinated and cohesive national response to youth mental health. That included greater investment in universal mental health programs in schools and more funding for community-based mental health services, he said.