Pat McGorry

Youth mental health changemaker

Pat McGorry

Youth mental health changemaker

2010 Aus­trali­an of the Year and men­tal health reform cam­paign­er, Pro­fess­or Pat McGorry takes us through a more hol­ist­ic, more human approach to men­tal health. Focussed on dia­gnos­is. treat­ment and man­age­ment that includes earli­er recog­ni­tion, less stig­ma and “right tool – right time” approaches, Pat wants us to change the way we deal with men­tal health issues.

We are at a tip­ping point for men­tal health reform in Aus­tralia. Not only can we no longer afford to do noth­ing, but we now have the oppor­tun­ity, capa­city and momentum to deliv­er genu­inely trans­form­a­tion­al change.

Pro­fess­or Pat McGorry is Exec­ut­ive Dir­ect­or of Ory­gen Youth Health, a world-renowned men­tal health organ­isa­tion for young people that has put Aus­tralia at the fore­front of innov­a­tion in the pre­ven­tion and treat­ment of men­tal ill­ness. Ory­gen tar­gets the needs of young people with emer­ging ser­i­ous men­tal ill­ness, includ­ing first-epis­ode psy­chos­is and has become the mod­el upon which many oth­er youth men­tal health ser­vices in the world are based.

Pro­fess­or McGorry is also a dir­ect­or of the Nation­al Youth Men­tal Health Found­a­tion (head­space). He believes that early inter­ven­tion offers the greatest hope for recov­ery and there­fore takes every oppor­tun­ity to edu­cate the com­munity to recog­nise the early signs of men­tal ill­ness, without stig­mat­ising or dis­crim­in­at­ing.

Pro­fess­or McGorry was named as Aus­trali­an of the Year in Janu­ary 2010 in recog­ni­tion of “his extraordin­ary 27-year con­tri­bu­tion to the improve­ment of the youth men­tal health sec­tor [that] has trans­formed the lives of tens of thou­sands of young people the world over.”