Mental ill health starts at a young age.
Young people report high levels of mental health challenges.
According to the Black Dog Institute, more than 40% of Year 12 students report symptoms of anxiety and depression higher than the normal range for their age group.
Mental ill health is a common challenge young people face in their lives navigating identities, life purposes, relationships and beyond. Young people living with mental ill health may have a higher chance of experiencing extra peer pressure, bullying, isolation, abuse, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and attempts. They may feel like burden to others, low self-esteem and low self-worth, and a lack of purpose or motivation in life. These experiences may be the contributing factors of their mental ill health. All of these then become a compounded vicious cycle.
The last decade has witnessed an increasing awareness of early intervention of mental ill health amongst Australian communities.
Early intervention for Youth Mental Health is critical
However, we still have a long way to go. Mental health challenges still seem to be a more ‘private business’, a personal matter, or a family matter, than the responsibilities of the community and policy makers. This, unfortunately, adds barriers and stigma for persons living with mental health challenges to seek help and open up. Consequently, our communities and services miss out many opportunities to learn from lived experience and become more inclusive and accessible.
Therefore, it is important for individuals, families and communities to increase our mental ill health awareness. It is best to act now, as early as possible.
If you and/or your family notice any early signs, we are here to help.
There are many ways our mental health clinicians (Anna and Matt) can support you in your mental health and wellbeing, and to help you navigate life’s challenges. Both Anna and Matt have extensive experience in children and youth mental health. You are not alone.
Our practice approaches are trauma-informed, strengths-focused. We respect your self-determination.
You can book immediate appointments with our psychologist, by phone on 0478 437 776, or book appointments online via https://clientportal.powerdiary.com/clien…/okaycounselling
or simply email us your enquiries to: email@example.com
In addition, we offer a FREE 15min check-in service to assess your needs and whether our service would meet your needs. If you are open to try for yourself, please let us know today.
We are here for you.