Kids & Anxiety: These statistics may alarm you

According to a recent national survey of the mental health and wellbeing of Australian children and adolescents, approximately 278,000 Australian children aged between 4 and 17 struggle with clinical symptoms of Anxiety.

This brief summary, which includes a link to the comprehensive national study, is important reading for parents and teachers.

Anxiety in Australian children - child psychologists in Sydney's northern beaches explain the results of Australian research

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.

How many kids are affected?

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:

  • Social phobia
  • Separation anxiety disorder
  • Generalised anxiety disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder

* 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

One in 7 kids are affected

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.

Young minds matter

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.

Read the full report

Follow this link to read The Mental Health of Children and Adolescents: Report on the Second Australian Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing

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