Mustard Roundtable: Psychs, Students and the place of Spirituality will be a series of open discussions for parents and people who care about teenagers to gather and think about how to respond to the mental health issues that their young people face, and to consider the place of spirituality.

Mustard has assembled a panel of experts for three events across Melbourne and will attempt to practically help parents in an interactive forum.

The panel will draw on their professional and personal experience and training to respond practically to the burning questions that parents have about the mental health of their teenagers, and include Professor David Clarke, Professor of Psychological Medicine at Monash University; Mary Dewberry, Director of Southway Counselling Centre, Lecturer at Stirling Theological College and Cairmillar Institute of Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy; Janet Costello, chaplain and counsellor at Kilvington Baptist Grammar School and Brenton Killeen, Director of Youth Vision Vic/Tas and Director of the National Youth Ministry Convention.

Last year, the inaugural Mustard Roundtable dealt with the issue of young people walking away from church after high
school. This event generated meaningful and practical discussion amongst parents that showed the need for similar,
regular forums dealing with issues close to parent's hearts. This year's focus was chosen because of the pervasiveness
of mental health problems in young people across Melbourne. Director of Mustard Tim Clare says, "Mental health is
one of the biggest youth issues of our time, and I think it's important to have practical, quality discussions with people in
the know about how followers of Jesus can respond".

It is important that whoever is interested in this conversation is able to participate, which has led Mustard to partner
with three churches across Melbourne where the event will be held over three nights. The locations and dates are as
follows (panel may differ slightly for each event):

Thursday 18th April – Williamstown Church of Christ, Williamstown
Wednesday 24th April – New Hope Baptist Church, Blackburn
Monday 29th April – Ormond Anglican Church, Ormond


Mustard is a non-denominational school ministry working in more than 30 high schools across Melbourne. Mustard
supports a network of Christian Lunchtime Groups as well as offering creative and interactive presentations about the
Christian faith in high schools. Tim Clare says "given our unique position of working with leaders and young people from
many different churches, we are really excited to be able to offer this conversation to parents from all over Melbourne.
I'm looking forward to seeing what emerges from the discussion and pray that it will help us all move forward as we
wrestle with this significant issue".
Mustard Roundtable: Psychs, Students and the place of Spirituality is free to attend, and people are encouraged to register online at
For more information, please contact Mustard
T: (03) 9816 7133 


MEDIA Resources

Research and statistics about Youth Mental Health

One in every four young people will experience a mental disorder in any 12 month period (most commonly substance abuse or dependency, depression or anxiety, or a combination of these).

Depression and anxiety are the most prevalent mental health issues experienced by young people, with around 30% of
adolescents experiencing a diagnosable depressive episode by the age of 18 years.
Mental disorders were the leading contributor to the burden of disease and injury (49%) among young Australians aged
15–24 years in 2003, with anxiety and depression being the leading specific cause for both males and females
It is estimated that the financial cost to Australia of mental illness in young people aged 12–25 was $10.6 billion in
2009, approximately 70% of which is productivity lost due to lower employment, absenteeism and premature death of
young people with mental illness.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death in adolescence, and medically serious suicide attempts occur in
approximately 3% of adolescents. Depression, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance-use disorders also place
adolescents at high risk for suicidal behavior, with comorbidity further increasing risk.
In the general population 7 percent of boys and 13 percent of girls report some sort of disordered eating behaviours


Coverage of the 2012 Mustard Roundtable


'Why the Young Reject Faith and How to Respond', The Melbourne Anglican September 2012
"Adults of all ages are increasingly vital to developing and sustaining the faith of young people, according to a range
of leading youth ministry thinkers assembled at the inaugural Mustard Roundtable held in July 2012 at Crossway
Baptist church in Burwood."
Audio recording of the 2012 event: