According to a recent national survey of the mental health and wellbeing of Australian children and adolescents, half of all the mental health conditions we experience at some point in our lives will have started by age 14.
This brief summary, which includes a link to the comprehensive national study, is important reading for parents and teachers.
The Second Australian Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing (Young Minds Matter) was designed to provide current information about the mental health and wellbeing of children and adolescents in Australia.
The study, which was conducted in 2013-2014 and released in 2015, revealed that:
* 6.9% of Australian kids are affected by Anxiety Disorders such as:
* 2.8% of Australian children and adolescents are diagnosed with a major Depressive Disorder.
* 5.4% of Australian kids have been identified as having ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
* 2.1% of young Australians, including children, have a diagnosis of a Conduct Disorder
Overall, the study discovered that almost one in seven (13.9%) of Australian kids aged 4-17 experienced at least one of the above mental health conditions in the 12 months prior to the study.
Some struggled with more than one.
This is equivalent to 560,000 Australian kids.
This ‘Young Minds Matter’ study revealed much about the impact on children’s mental health on their education, family relationships and general well-being.
The implications for parents and teachers are clear…
Supporting awareness of children’s mental health and access to early intervention is vital for Australia’s children.
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