Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

Unit Description

Mental Health in Young People introduces the philosophy behind prevention and early intervention and changes that have occurred in the conceptualisation of youth mental health over the past 30 years in Australia. It discusses factors that contribute to the aetiology and age of onset of high prevalence disorders, including anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders. This includes key risk issues related to suicidal ideation and self-harm.


  1. Changes in public mental health in Australia
  2. Definition of youth mental health and why the 12-25 year old age group is important
  3. Philosophy of prevention and early intervention in youth mental health
  4. Aetiology and age of onset of disorders
  5. Impact of the COVID19 pandemic
  6. Anxiety
  7. Depression
  8. Substance Disorders
  9. Suicidal ideation
  10. Self-harm

Unit offerings

Online: (Every Year, Semester 1)
Face to face: (Demand based)

Please note

The Unit Offerings listed above are a guide only and the timetable for any year is the final authority. The College may vary offerings based on demand, regulatory requirements, continual improvement processes or other conditions.

This unit may be available in different modes of delivery i.e. online and face-to-face as listed above. The unit content will not differ between these modes of delivery. There will possibly be a difference in the schedule and/or the prescribed assessment tasks, however both will cover and assess the same content.