Rise in mental health concerns highlights need for services

Recently released survey data from headspace has highlighted the need for more services for young people locally, with almost two thirds of the state’s young people believing their mental health is getting worse.

Released last month by headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, the survey findings show 63 percent of young people in Victoria believe their mental health is worsening, with 38 percent attributing social media to the decline.

The figures were similar nation-wide, with 62 percent of young people saying their mental health is worsening and 37 percent citing social media as a leading contributor.

Young people also said expectations from school, family or the community (18 percent) and work or study pressures (16 percent) contribute to poor mental health.

Highview College principal Melinda Scash said she was not surprised by the figures, which she said appeared to be “conservative”.

“We absolutely encounter young people experiencing difficulty in their lives here and increasingly so,” she said.

For more on this story see the Front Page of The Advertiser, Tuesday, November 5

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