1 in 4 young people aged 16-24 experience mental health problems during adolescence.
Depression is one of the leading causes of disability among 15-24 years olds in Australia.
Over 75% of adolescents with serious mental health problems don’t seek proper help.
It can often be difficult to get young people to open up about how they’re feeling. But there are some common early signs of mental health problems that parents can look out for:
It’s really important for young people to feel comfortable and supported when talking about their problems openly and honestly. Be mindful not to dismiss their feelings by telling them to “get over it”, or that they’re just going through a phase. It’s also perfectly normal to not understand how they’re feeling and that help is always available.
Given that mental health issues generally surfaces before the age of 25, there are a range of specific support services available to young adults and their parents.
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