Mental health and youth and young adults (Journey 4) - infographic 1

Infographic

Top 3 issues of concern to young people are:

    • school or study problems - 38%
    • coping with stress - 37%
    • body image - 31%

These problems cause enormous stress and adversely affect mental health and self-esteem.

  • 1 in 4 Australians aged 16-24 are living with a mental disorder and 1 in 3 experiences moderate to high levels of psychological distress
  • About 1/3 of young women and 1/4 of young men had a mental health disorder
  • Young women were more likely to have anxiety or affective disorders than young men
  • Mental illness in young men aged 12-25 alone has been estimated to cost the Australian economy $3.27 billion a year in lost productivity
  • Australia loses more than 9 million working days per annum because of mental illness among young men alone
  • However, data measuring young men's access to mental health care reveals that only 13% received any care for their mental illness.

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Please reference this infographic as
NSW Mental Health Commission (2014). Living Well: Putting people at the centre of mental health reform in NSW. Journey 4 infographic 1. Sydney, NSW Mental Health Commission.

References

  • Inspire Foundation and Ernst & Young (2012). Counting the Cost: The impact of young men’s mental health on the Australian economy. Sydney, Inspire Foundation and Ernst & Young. Mission Australia (2013).
  • Youth Survey 2013, Mission Australia.
  • Muir, K., K. Mullan, A. Powell, S. Flaxman, D. Thompson and M. Griffiths (2009). State of Australia’s Young People: A report on the social, economic, health and family lives of young people. Report for Office of Youth, Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales. Canberra, Commonwealth of Australia.

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