Beyond Blue has partnered with the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre to enable a range of research projects, funded through support from the Movember Foundation, on the impact of digital technology on young men’s depression, anxiety and help seeking behaviours.
The Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre (YAW-CRC) is an Australian-based, international research centre that brings young people together with researchers, practitioners, innovators and policy-makers from 75 partner organisations. It explores the role of technology in young people's lives, and how it can be used to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people aged 12 to 25.
Young men in Australia have high rates of suicide, antisocial behaviour and alcohol or substance misuse. They are also less likely to get help, with only 13 per cent of young men aged 16 to 24 years seeking help for a mental health difficulty compared with 31 per cent of young women.
Eight action research projects have been identified and are being progressed by YAW-CRC who, with Beyond Blue and the Movember Foundation, make up the Youth Collaboration Network.
As projects evolve, the group will be broadened to include representation from organisations with a major commitment to young men.