Young people in out-of-home care

Improving mental health for young people in out-of-home care: Providing participatory evidence-based mental health care across services

Project details

This NHMRC Partnership grant led by Professor Helen Herrman is researching evidence-based interventions to improve mental health for young people in out-of-home care.

Young people in out-of-home care have experienced traumas and adversities. They are highly vulnerable to mental ill-health and associated problems with relationships, education and meaningful activity.

The 5-year project aims to deliver evidence-based mental health support and care across the health and community service system relevant to these young people in Victoria, principally through strengthening the therapeutic capacities of their carers. The aim is to work in partnership to reduce the risks of mental ill-health and support more effective treatment and recovery.

Research lead

Prof Helen Herrman


  • Professor Cathy Humphreys
  • Professor Patrick McGorry
  • Dr Ida Kaplan
  • Dr Penelope Mitchell
  • Professor Carol Harvey
  • Associate Professor Catherine Mihalopoulos
  • Professor Susan Cotton
  • Dr Elise Davis
  • Associate Professor Aladair Vance


  • 2 PhD students
  • MD and Masters in Public Health student researchers


  • NHMRC Mental Health Targeted Call for Research $1,001,830 (2012-2017)
  • Rotary and University of Melbourne Social Equity Institute funding

Related projects

Herrman H, Cahill H, Moeller-Saxone K, Mitchell P, Humphreys C, Cotton S & Harvey C. The Bounce Project: Peer-support training for young people leaving Out of Home Care, to improve social inclusion, mental health and wellbeing. Melbourne Social Equity Institute Interdisciplinary seed funding. 2014 $39,480

Herrman H, Mitchell P, Moeller-Saxone K, Cotton S, Harvey C & Humphreys C. The Bounce Project: The effectiveness of peer support training to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of young people leaving Out of Home Care. Australian Rotary Health Research. 2014-2017 - $127,010