Monday, 30 June 2014

Mental Health Youth Survey

In 2013, 14,461 young Australians aged 15-19 years participated in Mission Australia’s Youth Survey – In association with the Black Dog institute.

The survey collected information on a broad range of issues, including levels of psychological distress in young people. For the full results download the Mission Australia Youth Survey 2013.

 Some findings:

 · Females were almost twice as likely as males to meet criteria for having a probable mental illness (26.2% compared to 13.8%)

 · Young people with a probable serious mental illness were around 5 times more likely to express serious concerns about depression (57% compared to 11.5%) and suicide (35.3% compared to 6.8%) than young people without a probable serious mental illness.

 · Over 60% of young people with a probable serious mental illness were not comfortable seeking information, advice or support from professional services such as telephone hotlines, online counselling and/or community agencies.

             Mission Australia and The Black Dog Institute

These statistics reinforce a need to ensure that young people have adequate and early access to age appropriate mental health education and services:

 · Targeting mental health in schools through awareness and early intervention programs

 · Promoting peer education and support

 · Reducing stigma that may prevent help seeing behavior in young people

 · Ensuring a whole of community focus on prevention and early intervention

 · Use of online initiatives to improve access, appeal and affordability of mental health services.

 · Building a better understanding of mental health issues among families and those working with young people.

Mental Health and Wellbeing could apply to you! 

For more information please contact Jewish Care or visit our Jewish Care Website or Facebook Page

Or participate in the 13th Annual Youth Survey (2014)  - by clicking here -  Have your voice heard. 

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