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Experts urge higher income support payments to stem youth mental health crisis

Australia’s Mental Health Think Tank argues ‘this is absolutely the first and most decisive action the Australian government could take’

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A revival of last year’s boosted income support payments would be the most “decisive” action the Morrison government could take to address the youth mental crisis, according to a group of prominent experts.

A new thinktank – which includes former Australian of the year Prof Patrick McGorry – argues mental distress among young people has been more severe during 2021 in part due to the withdrawal of last year’s Covid welfare support measures.

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