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Improving mental health support for university students

Ministers:

The Hon Greg Hunt MP
Minister for Health
The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Education

Australian universities will receive expert guidance to ensure they support and build students’ mental health, through a new national University Mental Health Framework.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan today launched the framework, which puts the student’s experience at the heart of mental health support.

“The framework provides practical guidance to promote mental wellbeing, supports students experiencing mental illness, and improves collaboration with the mental health sector,” Mr Tehan said.

“We want students to be supported to meet their mental health needs so they can succeed in life and education. Our Government is supporting Australians to get the mental health support they need. I encourage all universities to follow this new framework.”

The Australian University Mental Health Framework was developed by the youth mental health experts at Orygen.

Minister for Health Greg Hunt said the Morrison Government had provided $660,000 towards developing the framework.

“Students and young Australians are a key focus of the Government’s mental health strategy,” Minister Hunt said.

“2020 has been an incredibly difficult year for university students. It’s important we continue to develop strong connections between universities and community mental health services, so students who experience mental ill-health can access the right care and treatment they need.

“Through the tremendous work of Orygen, we will continue to support university students so they can reach their full potential.”