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Youth Mental Health Report Released

20 June 2014

One in five young Australians are likely to be experiencing mental illness, and less than 40% are comfortable seeking professional help, according to a new report released by Mission Australia and the Black Dog Institute.  

The Youth Mental Health Report found the rate of mental illness among young Australians aged 15-19 was much higher among females and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, while young people with a disability were also overrepresented.

Mission Australia CEO Catherine Yeomans said the findings highlight the increasing vulnerability of Australian youth, and the need for greater supports to help them on their journey into adulthood.

Read the key findings and recommendations from the Youth Mental Health Report

Read the media release

"Even the most disadvantaged Australians should be able to lead a 'contributing life,' whatever that means for them and this simple goal will be our touchstone and yardstick."

Chair Prof Allan Fels AO
National Mental Health Commission

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