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Mental Health Week 7-13th Oct

Jason MHW 2018

Announcer Mike and Jason Trethowan, Headspace CEO spoke regarding Mental Health Week for 2018.

Psychological distress among youth triples over last decade

● One in three young Australians are reporting high to very high levels of psychological distress, with figures tripling in the past decade.
● Rates of distress are significantly higher amongst young women.
● During National Mental Health Week (7 – 13 October 2018) headspace encourages young Australians to find their passions, stay active, and keep close and connected relationships to improve their mental health.

EMBARGO: OCTOBER 8, 2018 – Alarming new data has revealed that one in three (32%) young Australians aged between 12 and 25 years old now experience high levels of psychological distress, with the number of young people affected tripling since 2007. The data also reveals that young women have significantly higher rates of psychological distress than young men (38% compared to 26% of young men) [1,2].

One of the most vulnerable times for young people to experience mental health issues is between 18 and 24 years of age, a time when young Australians are experiencing tremendous growth, significant changes and transitions in life.

The findings released by National Youth Mental Health Foundation, headspace, are deeply concerning for Australian youth, affecting young people of all ages, locations and backgrounds.

As three quarters (75%) of mental health issues emerge before the age of 25[3], early intervention is essential to decrease the risk of mental illnesses developing into more serious problems. headspace provides mental health services for 12 to 25-year olds focusing on four core areas; mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.

Ahead of headspace day (11 October) and as part of National Mental Health Week (7 - 13 October), headspace encourages young Australians to find their passions, stay active, and keep close and connected relationships to improve their mental health.