END THE STIGMA
STARTLING new research has revealed the shocking role that "stigma" plays in preventing young Australians seeking help for mental health issues.
Each year, a quarter of all young people in this country will experience mental health issues, but many of them will not seek the help that they need.
Research has revealed that 26 per cent of young Australians aged 12-25 would not tell anyone about a personal mental health issue.
Stigma plays a profound and significant role in stopping youth from seeking help for mental health issues. It can make it harder to ask for help and get support out of fear of being judged.
To combat stigma, headspace has launched a national awareness campaign aimed at informing Australians that the more we talk openly about mental health issues, the easier it becomes for young people to seek help for them.
We are inviting everyone across the country to join us on our new digital hub, complete with a virtual stigma to tear down, and links to resources and tools for friends and family seeking to support youth with mental health issues at www.thebigstigma.com.au CHRIS TANTI, chief executive, headspace