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19 Oct 2021

ACT Health with Marymead launch youth mental health portal, MindMap

Today the ACT Government Minister for Mental Health, Emma Davidson (centred) with ACT Coordinator General of the Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing, Dr Elizabeth Moore (left) and Marymead Deputy Group CEO, Tracey Hall (right) launched the new ACT Youth Mental Health Navigation Portal, MindMap.

MindMap is a new, community led portal, co-designed by the ACT Government and various community organisations including Marymead, Australian National University, ACT Youth Coalition and the ACT Youth Advisory Committee to help young Canberrans and their carers find timely and effective mental health support services and resources.

“At a time when many young people have experienced mental health issues related to the global pandemic, it is vital they know help is available and how to access it. MindMap is a unique online tool where young Canberrans can find service information that is appropriate for their needs in a safe and anonymous way,” Minister Davidson said.

“What makes the MindMap portal so unique is the fact that trained clinicians are there to support you while you engage with the service you need,” Dr Moore said.

MindMap has been developed to help children and young people under the age of 25 navigate Canberra’s mental health system and supports. The portal has around 300 online resources relating to mental health and wellbeing, including, understanding mental health challenges, useful strategies, and best practice resources from multiple websites. It’s also available to help parents, carers and service providers link up with existing local services and supports.

“Marymead is thrilled to partner with the Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing in the delivery of this exciting new initiative. Young people have been asking for assistance to help navigate the mental health service system in the ACT, and MindMap will provide this much needed support. Young people, their carers, and families can now access current information, resources and support 24/7 to assist them in finding the right service at the right time, using the access points and communication modalities that best meet their needs,” Tracey Hall said.

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