New research has revealed that young Australians are struggling to get the help they so badly need.
The study undertaken by headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, found that in any given year, up to a quarter of Australians in the 12-25 age bracket suffer from mental health issues.
What complicates this discovery is even more difficult to digest: half of these teenagers are purposely avoiding getting professional help because they're concerned with the high costs.
It's a staggering discovery. Not only do teenagers struggle to deal with the emotional ups and downs of puberty and ever-increasing demands from school and work, but also serious mental health issues. When they truly feel like they need intervention, they're hesitant – or even afraid – to contact a professional because they believe that getting this help is out of their financial reach.
In addition to these findings, the study showed that around 50% of respondents were afraid of receiving negative feedback about their mental health problems, whether from family, friends, or society in general.
Nervousness about seeking help, combined with the perceived inaccessibility of mental health services, is literally causing Australian youths to feel hopeless about finding a way out.
To help combat youth mental illness, headspace has spearheaded a new initiative aimed at encouraging young Australians to speak up about their problems and to seek help in the battle against mental health issues.
Dubbed, "headspace Day," its purpose is to empower those suffering from mental illnesses to seek assistance and to drive the message home that everyone should have access to support when they need it most.
Professor Patrick McGorry, executive director of Orygen – the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health – and a board director for headspace, stated that,
"Access is crucial and seeking help is the first step every young person must make, and we need to continue to provide effective and easy pathways to make sure this can happen for everyone."
To find out more about Headspace Day click here.
People aged 12-25 seeking help for a mental health problem should contact headspace at www.headspace.org.au.
Additional support and information is available for those requiring assistance regarding mental health issues by calling Lifeline on 131 114.
09 Jan 2017