A group of young people within the region are hoping a concept created for the upcoming YMCA Youth Parliament will help influence change state-wide.
The Central Highlands Youth Advisory Board (YAB)has developed a Bill to be debated and discussed at the youth parliament focused on assisting people following a mental health incident.
YAB member Chloe Waddell told The Courier the group was very passionate about the issue and want to continue pushing its significance.
"We're super excited to be taking part in the YMCA Youth Parliament this year," she said.
"Our Bill this year is looking at mental health support post discharge, meaning we're wanting to see support for people who have been discharged from hospital following a mental health crisis.
"Everyone in our team thought this issue was very important to try and make sure these people receive some sort of follow up once they are released... A check in 24 hours after the discharge to let them know there is support out there for them would play a huge role in making those who need it feel supported.
"We brainstormed a whole heap of issues but kept coming back to the idea of mental health. We have members who have lived experiences with mental health issues... it's something that we felt really passionate about.
"That combined with the fact that mental health does affect young people quite profoundly, we're always trying to advocate for young people to influence change that will help young people."
In the history of the YMCA Youth Parliament, over 30 Bills have gone on to become legislation within Victorian Parliament.
Ms Waddell said the youth parliament plays an important role in giving young people an opportunity to be heard regarding important issues and added how proud her and the YAB would feel if their Bill became legislation.
"It is so important for young people to be able to create change through their actions," she continued.
"Young people want to be involved in change, parliament and the decision making process. This is an amazing opportunity for us to not only learn the process in a supportive environment but also to have our voices heard in a very tangible way.
"We would be so proud. It would mean a lot to us to have the concern for this issue highlighted by an important group of people but also so proud that people would identify this issue as one in need of resources to make a difference."
Orignially scheduled for the end of June, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the youth parliament has been postponed until a date which is yet to be confirmed.
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