“Being a member of Orygen’s National Youth Advisory group (YAC) has given me the confidence to help stand up for young people and change my community. I use the way Orygen work with their YAC as a guide to improve youth and client participation in my town. Orygen pride themselves in the way they partner with young people, involving them in all aspects of their service (where relevant).

Through mentoring, training, support and opportunities they provide, I’m equipped with the tools I need to flourish in the role. My involvement with Orygen today will also benefit me and the society I’ll contribute to in the future.

The assumption is usually made that young people/clients don’t have the capacity or knowledge to contribute to the services their using. Orygen are setting the example for working with young people, showing that these outdated ideas aren’t valid. No matter where you live/who you are you can have an impact and help make a difference in the lives of others.” – Emily Cole, Australia

Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, is the world’s leading research and knowledge translation organisation focusing on mental ill-health in young people. At Orygen, leadership and staff work to deliver cutting-edge research, policy development, innovative clinical services, and evidence-based training and education to ensure that there is continuous improvement in the treatments and care provided to young people experiencing mental ill-health.

Orygen’s work has created a new, more positive approach to the prevention and treatment of mental disorders, and has developed new models of care for young people with emerging disorders. This work has been translated into a worldwide shift in services and treatments to include a primary focus on getting well and staying well, and health care models that include partnership with young people and families.