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Let's Talk - Youth Mental health matters

Learn how to develop effective strategies for Youth to cope with mental illness.

About this Event

Young people are an integral part of our society, and the gateway to our future. A recent report found that the biggest issue facing Australians aged 15 to 24 is mental health.

How do we help young people with mental health struggles, especially in the current climate? Hear from Keynote speaker Bronwyn Taylor MLC, Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women, and experts at the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre and the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use. The Webinar is moderated by Pallavi Sinha, Principal Lawyers with Solutions & a Former Lifeline Counsellor.

Learn about the latest research, and how to develop effective strategies for Youth to cope with mental illness, including from Indigenous & CALD communities. Participate in a Live Q & A with the esteemed Panel!

If you wish to submit your question ahead of the event please email by close of business Tuesday 29 September 2020


The Hon Bronnie Taylor

The Honourable Bronnie Taylor, MLC is the Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women.

Before entering Parliament, Bronnie spent 20 years working in health as a registered nurse, specialising in cancer care and palliative care. Determined to get better services for patients in regional NSW, Bronnie successfully lobbied for a local oncology service for the Monaro.

As Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women Bronnie is working towards ambitious targets of Towards Zero suicides, providing more work opportunities for young people in regional NSW and supporting women with a number of programs building leadership and support networks.

Pallavi Sinha (Moderator)

Pallavi Sinha is a multi-award winning Lawyer, Academic & Notary Public, and Founder of Lawyers with Solutions. She’s an AFR & Westpac 100 Women of Influence, and a former Lifeline Counsellor. A popular commentator, she has been interviewed by, or written opeds on topics such as mental and wholistic health, & resilience for media outlets such as: Channel 10, Channel 9, Skynews, ABC, SBS, BBC World, Women’s Agenda & the Ethics Centre.

She has contributed to changes to Government policy, and is an active advocate for wholistic wellbeing. Pallavi believes that it’s important to include youth, and people with lived experience into the conversation with policy makers, advocates and community groups to effect meaningful change

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Dr Vanessa Cheng

Dr Vanessa Cheng is an Early Career Researcher at The University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre. Her doctoral work was part of the MindMax Project (funded by Movember Australia) and focused on the participatory design, development, and evaluation of an Australian Football League-themed mobile phone app named MindMax. Dr Cheng currently works on Project Synergy, a mental health initiative that brings together research, clinical expertise, lived experience, and technological development to enable better access to mental health care.

Dr Smriti Nepal

Dr Smriti Nepal is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use, University of Sydney. She is the Project Manager on Positive Choices. Her research focuses on developing effective strategies to prevent harm from alcohol and other drug use, especially among young people and individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Samuel Hockey

Samuel is a former National Mental Health Commissioner, a National Youth Mental Health Ambassador, a researcher in Youth and Lived Experience at the Brain and Mind Centre of the University of Sydney, and co-host to the lived experience in mental health and suicide prevention podcast, Facing It.

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