Benefits for communities

Why it matters

Whether it's the service provider improving the way they deliver care, or the young person partnering in the treatment process, youth engagement changes lives. We’ve compiled evidence that shows the benefits of youth engagement specific to child and youth mental health.

Communities will benefit from youth engagement because it:

  • Promotes community building 1
  • Encourages intergenerational collaboration, communication and partnerships 1
  • Influences policies and decision-making to be more relevant and responsive to community needs 1
  • Encourages youth to more civic-minded and more likely to volunteer 2
  • Empowers youth, proving that their voices can make a difference 2
  • Builds communities that are better able to support the youth and families that live in them 2