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New research shows more than half of young Australians deal with personal problems on their own

To mark headspace Day 2021, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation has launched new research that finds more than half of young Australians deal with personal problems on their own, rather than speak to someone (53%).

New research shows more than half of young Australians deal with personal problems on their own

The headspace National Youth Mental Health Survey also found three in five young people feel there is still stigma around seeking help for a mental illness (61%).

headspace CEO Jason Trethowan says the events of the past 18 months have put added stress on the mental health and wellbeing of many young people.

“We know young people have been disproportionately affected by this pandemic with major changes to their study, home and social lives.

“Small steps might include going to bed and waking up at the same time each day to create a sense of routine. You might schedule a lunchtime walk or a phone call with a loved one. You might allocate an hour of the day where you do something for yourself like trying out a new recipe or listening to music you love.

“These steps might seem simple, but they’re the first things to go when times get hard.

“Young people are incredibly resilient and with the right skills they can and do get through challenging periods in their lives. Let’s encourage and build these habits now.”

It is important for all young people to take small, everyday steps that support their mental health and wellbeing.

Seven tips for a healthy headspace are:

1. get into life

2. learn skills for tough times

3. get enough sleep

4. create connections

5. eat well

6. stay active

7. cut back on alcohol and other drugs.

headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25-year olds. Each year, headspace helps thousands of young people access vital support through our headspace services in 139 communities across Australia our online and phone counselling services, our vocational services, and our presence in schools. headspace can help young people with mental health, physical health (including sexual health) alcohol and other drug services, and work and study support.

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