Better access to health services, tackling climate change and improved education outcomes are among the most pressing issues facing Tasmania's youth.
This, according to a new report culminating the insights from consultations with more than 400 young Tasmanians.
Commissioner for Children and Young People Leanne McLean launched the "We Call it Happy" report on Tuesday.
Aimed at informing the state government's child and youth wellbeing strategy for young people aged zero to 25, the report identified seven key issues it says would make life better for young Tasmanians.
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This included the need for more family support, a more responsive education system and better protection of the environment and efforts to tackle climate change.
With consultations held across the state between November and December 2020, Ms McLean said she was struck by the "intense" connection young people felt to the environment and how this influenced their overall wellbeing.
"What children and young people are telling me is they would like to see a greater commitment from the adults who are making decisions in Tasmania, to keeping our environment available to them and pristine," she said.
"I think sometimes they don't see the decisions being made by people whose job it is to make decisions, really reflect that or give it the emphasis that they think it needs."
The CCYP engaged 408 youth from 18 metropolitan, regional and remotes areas across the state, along with discussions with about 90 adults representing parents and carers of children aged under four.
Operating as part of a broader consultation process with work from the Youth Network of Tasmania and Mental Health Council of Tasmania, Ms McLean said more than 3500 people had shared their insights, representing one of the most comprehensive snapshots ever collected in the state.
For Launceston Church Grammar student Zali Grace, the need for more counsellors, psychologists and acute mental health support was paramount.
"A lot of my friends are struggling at the moment and it's hard to help them without going to someone professional," she said.
Newstead College student Jorja Sigtenhorst said she hoped the report would provide the opportunity for young people to have their voices heard.
"I really hope they [government] listen to our views ... it's affecting our future, it's affecting us," she said.
"What people implement now can change the rest of our lives."
The report has been provided to the state government for review.
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