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Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health is pleased to be hosting a Special Symposium on “Better approaches to addressing the social determinants of resilience and mental ill-health in young people”

The journey from birth to young adulthood can entail exposure to economic, family, health and social adversities. Some children and young people are more vulnerable to negative outcomes in adulthood as a result of these experiences than others who succeed despite similar experiences.

“Resilience” refers to the ability to positively adapt and respond to adversity and includes both good mental health and a range of individual, family and community level protective factors. Despite growing policy emphasis on fostering the resilience and mental wellbeing of children and young people, there are practical challenges to creating communities and environments that better support mental wellbeing on the journey into adulthood.

This special symposium brings together young people, researchers and policymakers to identify and discuss potential directions for addressing these challenges.

Chair: Professor Peter Butterworth, University of Melbourne

Speakers (UPDATED):

  • Irene Verins, Manager Mental Wellbeing, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) - Title TBC
  • Associate Professor James Kirkbride, University College London - Predicting psychosis in the population: progress, pathways & pitfalls
  • Dr Brian O’Donoghue, Orygen - Risk of first episode psychosis amongst first generation migrants in an Australian cohort
  • Associate Professor Cathy Mihalopoulos, Deakin University The economics of prevention in child and youth mental health
  • Matthew Hamilton, Orygen - readyforwhatsnext - a partnership between young people, policymakers and researchers to identify optimal strategies for developing the resilience of young Victorians.

Following the presentations, a discussion panel will be led by Orygen Youth Advisory Council and Youth Research Council members, Amelia Morris, Sarah Langley and Carlo Guaia, synthesising the information presented and discussing the next steps.

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