Break down stigma of men­tal health

Pilbara News - - News - Chris Tanti, headspace CEO

Each year, a quar­ter of all young peo­ple in this coun­try will ex­pe­ri­ence men­tal health is­sues; how­ever, many of them will not seek the help they need.

New re­search, by the Uni­ver­sity of Mel­bourne, Ory­gen and Headspace, has re­vealed that 26 per cent of young Aus­tralians aged 12-25 would not tell any­one about a per­sonal men­tal health is­sue.

It also shows that 52 per cent of young peo­ple are too em­bar­rassed to dis­cuss a men­tal health prob­lem with any­one, and nearly half were afraid of what oth­ers would think. Stigma plays a pro­found role in stop­ping Aus­tralian youth from seek­ing help.

Visit our new dig­i­tal hub, launch­ing Tues­day, June 14, com­plete with a vir­tual stigma to tear down: www.the­bigstigma.com.au

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