Mental Health

Mental Wellness Is Essential To Young People

Mental health is an important part of wellness. Mental health challenges are some of the problems that young people face. Once there is a problem coping with the surrounding or finding fault with their actions, young people begin to feel inadequate. There are several reasons that may account for mental health issues when it comes to young people. As such, it is necessary to protect them if the state cares about its future. The young ones are the brilliant minds of today and will become the leaders of tomorrow. Ensuring their safety through adequate support is non-negotiable. Across the world, mental health issues are some of the issues that rank high. People are breaking down and having mental moments with those in their surrounding having no idea. Mental health is real, and the exposure to unsafe experiences worsens the situation. Exposing young people to terrible conditions at such an age increases their chances of developing one or many mental health challenges. When young people have mental health issues, and they do not get the right support, the condition can become extreme, which may threaten their lives. The government should be at the forefront of protecting its people. Therefore, laws and policies that do not serve the mental health needs of young people need to be examined. It is essential to ensure that governance suits the needs of the people. Where young people feel threatened, they cannot actualise their potentials as they should. Organisations have called on the government to look into establishing programs that support the mental wellness of young people.

Change In Youth Detention

Following recommendations, the government has been advised to raise the age of legal responsibility such that it serves the needs of young people and doesn’t put them in a terrible situation at the beginning of their lives. As it stands, children of the age of 10 can be sent to prison in Australia. This is not a mechanism that makes for the mental wellness of young people. By imprisoning children at such a young age, they can develop mental health challenges for the rest of their lives. Such an experience leaves children scathed for life. There should be a change in the way the law responds to erring young people. Prison is not the right place to grow up with or without Covid-19. Covid-19 even makes the case extreme and worse and can work a hardship on any young person in prison. The inquiries done by Royal Commissions have established the existence of certain punitive practices in prison, such as strip-searching and solitary confinement, which can harm children not only physically, but also mentally. This further complicates the matter, as it doesn’t serve any corrective purpose for children. Changing such law will offer marginalised children the avenue to get a better chance at life and not risk prison. Evidence suggests the period between age 10 to 14 are vital to the development of a child. At this stage, children begin to develop their emotional, intellectual, and mental maturity. A law which allows children to be sent to prison at this age is not only unfair but serves no purpose. Children who are imprisoned at this age often suffer the trauma for life as the memories continue to hunt them. More so, there is a high level of marginalisation in this regard, as it is the marginalised children that often get imprisoned. This system creates an unhealthy atmosphere for the growth and development of children. This system does not have what it takes to build and strengthen children. Instead, it subjects them to unhealthy needs. For adequate mental health, there is a pressing need to adjust this system and invest more in programs that can help shape children accordingly. Community-based programs are far better than prisons. Where there is a need to correct a child, these methods can be adopted. They are even more corrective. More importantly, they do not impose on the mental wellness of the children an unhealthy experience. Our government needs to shift away from primitive methods of punishment to more refined methods that do not cause more problems that we are trying to solve. There is a need to understand that the age before 14 constitutes the period that a child requires all the development and support available. It is important that we do not build a society of broken people. For Australia to be a champion in human rights, it must align its laws and policies with those that indicate the regard for human rights and mental wellness.

Evaluation of Budget

Following recommendations, the budget includes investments into mental health schemes that provide for the mental wellness of young people. $47.8 million to serve the purpose of establishing an early intervention initiative to support young people at early stages. $16 million to improve the experience of young people, train, and provide them with opportunities. If this is done with enough commitment, it should help to alleviate the realities of young people with regard to mental wellness.

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