EXTRACT taken from James Toomey, CEO, Mission Australia
Over 24,000 young people took part in the Youth Survey, providing a broad range of views and experiences. While there was a great diversity to the responses we received, a number of themes emerged that speak to the big issues that many young people face today.
Concerns around mental health surface a number of times throughout the report. These were both personal concerns, such as coping with stress, body image and depression, and for the first time since the survey began mental health was noted as the top national issue. This may be due to the important work that is being done to destigmatise mental health issues for young people. While it is encouraging that young people are becoming more aware that mental health issues can have an impact on their lives and those around them; these findings are certainly telling us that more needs to be done. The results reinforce that it is essential that we provide a broad range of support for young people who face mental illness.
SOURCE: Bullot A., Cave, L., Fildes, J., Hall, S. and Plummer, J. (2017). Mission Australia’s 2017 Youth Survey Report, Mission Australia
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