Drought talks taking place near Newcastle have been "an eye-opening experience" and "a great opportunity" to create change, according to attendees from the region.
Day 1 of the NSW Youth Drought Summit, hosted by children's charity UNICEF, had a big focus on mental health, which allowed the teens and young adults to ask questions and receive quality answers about how to cope with the drought.
Armidale resident Piyumi Ekanayake said she was "learning so much" from the speakers and her peers.
"[It has] made me realise that every individual experiences the drought in a different way, and it is important to recognise and understand that," she said.
"We have to create new methods to solve these rising consequences of the drought, because doing the same old thing gets us stuck we have to be different and brainstorm new approaches."
The summit at Lake Macquarie will wind up tomorrow with recommendations to policy-makers.
The participants are aged between 14 and 24 and have come from across the state to have their say on how drought affects their lives and communities.