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.

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The National Mental Health Commission undertook work to explore the decline in young people’s mental health and wellbeing, finding that a range of societal and cultural shifts are likely each independently and in combination contributing to increased mental ill-health and distress. Digital technologies are becoming increasingly integrated with our daily lives, making it necessary for young people to use them to learn, work, socialise and play. The effects of digital technologies on mental health are not yet well understood, and evidence in this area is emerging.

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  • Children & family
  • Digital & Technology

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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.