Owen is an undergraduate Psychology student at the ANU. He is working in the position of Research Support Officer, supporting ACACIA’s work for the National Institute for Mental Health Research. Owen is also involved with NIMHR as a member of the Student Leadership Group for the development of the uniVirtual Clinic, a new online resource for student mental health.
With lived experience of depression and anxiety, Owen’s interest in mental health research and policy grew out of his own experiences with accessing mental health support services. Owen is passionate about helping others access the support and information that have been crucial to his own experience in managing his mental health. Alongside acting in carer roles for peers and friends, he has been active in advocacy and pastoral care positions in his time living at an ANU hall of residence. From these experiences he has developed a keen interest in the mental health of students as an at-risk population, and has been a vocal supporter of the work of community mental health organisations like Youth in ACTion for Suicide Prevention.
Owen hopes to pursue a career in research, and is excited for the opportunities that are made available through a position with ACACIA. His research interests include mental health stigma among young people, pathways to service access, and the development of diagnostic standards. Having experience in informal and formal roles as both a mental health consumer and carer, Owen believes that carers and consumers both benefit when their perspectives are heard and integrated in research and policy development.