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Measures to Improve Youth Mental Health

In his report Improving the Transition, the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, highlighted the risks facing young people in New Zealand as they transition from childhood to adulthood. Sir Peter raised a number of concerns, including New Zealand's high rate of youth suicide, cannabis use and harmful alcohol use.

In response to this report, the Prime Minister directed the department to lead a cross agency project looking at improving services for young people with, or at risk of, mild to moderate mental health problems.

The Cabinet paper 'Measures to Improve Youth Mental Health' underpinning the Prime Minster's mental health package was released here on 29 June 2012.