Mental health conditions often start early in life and can have significant implications for success in education, future careers and personal relationships.
One in four young people experiences a mental health condition and suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15 to 24, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Research has shown that half all mental health conditions emerge by the age of 14, and three-quarters by age 24.
However, identifying issues early and getting a young person into the right support and treatment can change lives.
Adolescence is a critical time for mental health and around 550,000 young people aged 16–24 years live with depression or anxiety.
In light of these statistics, Beyond Blue connects with parents and young people aged 12 to 25 through a variety of channels, including the Youth Beyond Blue website and other online resources and apps, and in primary and secondary schools through the Be You and SenseAbility initiatives.
Visit Beyond Blue's dedicated site for youth, youthbeyondblue.com, for information, resources and support for young people dealing with depression, anxiety and suicide.
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