Understanding how digital technology is impacting young people

The National Mental Health Commission is seeking to deepen the conversation around the relationship between digital technologies and youth mental health.


father high five son when playing basketballDigital technologies are a big part of the world in which young people live, learn, play and grow. Our goal is to understand how young people use digital technologies and how they impact them. 

We want to make sure that strategies aimed at protecting young people as they engage with digital technologies do not take away the positive experiences they have, and the benefits digital technologies bring to young people’s mental health and wellbeing.  

Consultation report

In 2023, the Commission consulted with a youth advisory group, expert advisory group and the public (via online survey) to begin to explore the impacts of digital technology on youth mental health. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the public consultation process. Your feedback contributed to the consultation summary document. 

The consultation summary identifies the:

  • Positive ways in which young people are engaging with digital technologies.
  • Limitations of existing research.
  • Importance of collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders.
  • Need to co-design solutions with diverse range of young people.
  • Need to take a balanced approach to developing solutions.

Next steps

As a result of the feedback received, the Commission is planning further research to:

  • Better understand how young people interact with digital technologies
  • Identify factors that have positive, neutral, or negative impacts on young people's mental health
  • Examine how experiences vary between different groups.

Documents to download

    Digital Technologies and Youth Mental Health - 2023 Consultation Summary

    The Commission has undertaken work to better understand the interplay between digital technologies and mental health. In 2023 the Commission held a 3-part consultation consisting of a public consultation via an online survey, input from an Expert Advisory Group, and input from a Youth Advisory Group. This document is a summary of the consultations.

    Discussion paper - Digital technologies and youth mental health

    This paper intends to serve as a discussion starter. The National Mental Health Commission wants to deepen the conversation around digital technologies and mental health so that we can better understand what components of technology are helpful or harmful.
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