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Youth Mental Health

Youth mental health is a major issue in Australia. In 2016, just under one in four young people aged 15-19 years, surveyed in Australia, had a probable serious mental illness. Of concern, there has been a significant increase in proportion of young people meeting this criteria over the past five years. 50% of mental health conditions start by age 14, and 75% develop by age 24.

Below is a short video on Youth Mental Health by Headspace Australia.

Every 30 Seconds, one mental health battle, and a life, is lost to Suicide. A mental illness is a condition that impacts a person's thinking, feeling, or mood. It may also have an effect on the young person's ability to function on a daily basis.

Depression often emerges during adolescence, with research suggesting one in five adolescents experience depression by the time they reach 18 years.

According to Beyond Blue, around one in 25 young Australians aged 4-17 experience a depressive disorder. This is equivalent to 112,000 young people.

One in 20 young people aged 12-17 years had experienced a major depressive disorder between 2013-14.

Suicide is the biggest killer of young Australians and accounts for the deaths of more young people than car accidents.

Potential Symptoms

If you think you may need help or have any of the symptoms noted in this video and below, you might consider making an appointment with your nearest headspace.  Alternately, you can speak to your GP (doctor) rather than dealing with these issues on your own.

To recap, these symptoms include: 

  • Feeling down too long
  • Struggling with everyday activities
  • Loss of interest
  • Isolation
  • Feeling frustrated and irritable
  • Substance abuse

Other symptoms can include: 
Self-Harm, Suicidal Thoughts, Anxiety, Feeling worthless, You're under a lot of stress, You don't have any energy, Can't concentrate, Have trouble with memory, Sleep or feeling sleepy a lot.

If you are noticing any of these symptoms and are not sure how to contact a GP, headspace can offer these services in their centres. Find your nearest headspace centre.

Also check out our Health and Wellbeing Resource page where you can link through to other services supporting Mental Health.​


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