Today is Headspace Day

Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds. Each year, a quarter of all young Australians will experience mental health issues and Headspace Day is a day of National Awareness aimed at ensuring every young person in Australia has access to mental health services no matter where they live.

 Alarming numbers of young Australians with mental health issues are putting themselves in serious danger by waiting months on end before seeking help. Research shows that 50 per cent of 12 to 25 year olds are waiting six months before reaching out for crucial help.

The research also uncovered that;

·         close to 50 per cent said financial cost was a barrier preventing them from getting treatment;

·         close to 45 per cent said they believed they could not be helped;

·         more than 50 per cent said they were afraid of what others would think.

Professor Patrick McGorry, a founding member of the headspace board, said the evidence around early intervention to combat mental illness in young people was overwhelming. “That means this period of waiting and worrying has severe and detrimental effects on young people, from social isolation to relationship breakdowns, drug and alcohol abuse, and in the most severe cases, incidents of suicide and self-harm, the effects can be life changing” he said.

 

If anyone you know is experiencing difficulty, encouraging them to act now can make a lifetime of difference. Search headspace.org.au