‘Wellbeing’ is the buzzword of the moment, but it seems our youth has never been less well. Research indicates that the rates of mental illness in young people are at their highest, with one in four Australian adolescents showing signs of a probable serious psychological issue. Has it always been this bad? Are we just diagnosing normal teenage angst as something more? If it is on the rise, what sorts of conditions are prevalent and why? And, of course, what do we do about it? We’re thrilled to announce that Professor Ian Hickie AM, Co-Director in Health and Policy at the Brain and Mind Centre at The University of Sydney, is coming to Conversely to answer all your questions.
Professor Hickie is an internationally renowned researcher in clinical psychiatry and a leading voice on mental health issues. He is a Commissioner of the National Mental Health Commission, overseeing enhanced accountability for mental health reform in Australia. Professor Hickie was a founding director of headspace, which provides support for young people, and the inaugural chief executive of beyondblue, a non-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and suicide.
As with all our events, every cent from ticket sales will go to the charity of the speakers choice and of course Professor Hickie has chosen the Brain and Mind Centre.
The Brain and Mind Centre uses all of The University of Sydney’s various disciplines and partnerships with government, industry and the wider community to drive generational change for disorders of the brain and mind. The Centre brings together patients, carers, students, scientists, research leaders and clinicians. This co-location of dedicated research laboratories and clinical services provides the ideal environment for the translation of cutting-edge research with safe and effective clinical care. The three core research areas are child development, youth mental health and the aging brain.