Jessica’s project offers an innovative approach to understanding mental health services access by young people residing in regional and rural New South Wales. This is a critical and longstanding issue requiring the generation of new, feasible and well-targeted strategies, something that can be best achieved through creative research and only by engaging with the youth ‘voice’. The teenage years and early twenties are the most common time for the onset of mental illness, with seventy five per cent manifesting before the age of twenty four. Through narrative analysis and a documentary arts-based inquiry, this study intends to investigate the perspectives of young people with regard to how they feel about accessing the existing mental health services that are available to them. The pertinence of this project underlines the critical need for a new approach and stronger investment in the mental health of young people.
Supervisors - Dr John Rae, Dr Judith Crockett and Emeritus Prof Bill Green