Feb – June 2015 Last updated: 19 Dec, 2018

A social design lab for developing innovative health promotion initiatives with young people, for young people.

Improving the mental health and wellbeing of young Victorians

One in four young Victorians experience mental health difficulties – affecting their relationships, negatively impacting their studies, and disrupting their ability to work. In 2012, suicide was the leading cause of death for young people aged 15-24.

In Australia, young people have the highest levels of mobile phone ownership of all demographic groups, and over 95% use the internet daily. An unprecedented opportunity exists to utilise these technologies to engage young people to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Building resilience using digital technologies, with young people for young people

The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) are working with Collabforge, Project Synthesis and Doing Something Good to develop the Resilience Insights and Innovation Lab, a unique, dynamic project aimed at engaging young Victorians (aged 10-25) in the co-creation of health promotion initiatives that use digital technologies.

These initiatives will be aimed at building resilience in young people – improving their ability to maintain balance in the face of adversity, and empowering and enabling them to develop and realise their strengths.

Growing a shared understanding and developing solutions together

The Resilience Insights and Innovation Lab project has two key components. The first is a stream of research aimed at growing our understanding of what resilience means to young people, and how we might build resilience using digital technologies. The second component is the development of an innovative, sustainable and replicable co-creation model for designing, testing and rolling out new initiatives.

Over the next three months, the project team will be running a series of research activities and co-design sessions working with a diverse mix of young people, key representatives from the mental health and youth sectors, digital innovators, service design professionals, process facilitators and social entrepreneurs.

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Your invitation to join us

If you have an interest in helping young people build resilience, and would like to know how you can participate in future Resilience Insights and Innovation Lab projects, please email Kiri Bear at [email protected]. We’ll update you on project developments and insights from our research as we go. 

You can also join the conversation online, exploring what resilience means to young people and how we might support them in building it, by following @DoingSomeGood on Twitter and DoingSomethingGood on Instagram.



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