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Understanding how digital technology is impacting young people

The National Mental Health Commission is seeking to deepen the conversation around digital technologies and mental health to better understand what parts of technology use are helpful or harmful.


Where digital technologies simultaneously present opportunities and challenges, we are working on recommendations that maximise potential benefits and minimise potential harms for young people.

A wide range of factors are thought to affect whether digital technology use has a positive, neutral, or negative impact on mental health.

To prompt discussion, youth advisory and expert groups have provided input to our detailed paper on relevant topics.

download the discussion paper

In May and June 2023, we invited young people, and those who live, educate and support young people to share their views via an online survey. We also invited stakeholders such as policymakers, and those in digital technology industries to participate in the survey.

The survey is now closed. Thankyou to everyone who completed it, your feedback will be used to inform recommendations for government.

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Commission acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands throughout Australia.
We pay our respects to their clans, and to the elders, past present and emerging, and acknowledge their continuing connection to land, sea and community.


The Commission is committed to embracing diversity and eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of health services. The Commission welcomes all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Lived Experience

We acknowledge the individual and collective contributions of those with a lived and living experience of mental ill-health and suicide, and those who love, have loved and care for them. Each person’s journey is unique and a valued contribution to Australia’s commitment to mental health suicide prevention systems reform.