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(Australia) Queensland: A third of young people find mental health is "top concern"

Jan 14, 2018, (Queensland, Australia) Sunshine Coast Daily: Mental health is top concern for our young https://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/mental-health-is-top-concern-for-our-young/3308977/ MAJOR research undertaken by Mission Australia has found that for the first time mental health is the No.1 issue of national concern for young Queenslanders. Now in its 16th year, the Mission Australia Youth Survey continues to be the biggest annual survey of its kind. A record 4589 young Queenslanders (24,055 nationally) aged 15 to 19 took part in 2017. The survey identified mental health, alcohol and drugs and equity and discrimination as the most important national issue for young Queenslanders. Mental health topped the list of issues for the first time in the survey's history, with around one-third of young people (33.9% in Queensland and 33.7% nationally) identifying it as a national concern, more than doubling since 2015 (15.1% in Queensland and 14.9% nationally)…. However, the fact that mental health has climbed to become the top national concern for young people reinforces that much more needs to be done…. It makes sense to invest in universal mental health programs in schools, as well as community-based mental health services, and to design services with young people to ensure they are youth friendly. …