Have your say in youth sur­vey

Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION -

YOUNG peo­ple across the coun­try can have their say on the most con­cern­ing is­sues they face as part of Mis­sion Aus­tralia’s 16th an­nual Youth Sur­vey.

The sur­vey, which is open to teenagers from 15 to 19-years-old, asks par­tic­i­pants about the is­sues that mat­ter most to them.

Last year in WA, more than a third of young peo­ple tak­ing part in the sur­vey listed drugs and al­co­hol as the most im­por­tant is­sue in Aus­tralia to­day – al­most 10 per cent higher than the na­tional av­er­age.

Mis­sion Aus­tralia re­gional leader WA Shaun Mays said con­cern about metham­phetamine use, in par­tic­u­lar among young peo­ple, was also in­creas­ing.

“We work with around 100 young peo­ple at any one time through our Drug and Al­co­hol Youth Ser­vice detox pro­gram, with one in four cur­rently iden­ti­fy­ing ice or am­phet­a­mines as their pri­mary drug of con­cern,” he said.

“In 2010, that fig­ure was just one in 10.”

Mr Mays said the sur­vey was im­por­tant be­cause it pro­vided a snap­shot of youth is­sues that helped in­form Mis­sion Aus­tralia’s work, as well as gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion-mak­ing.

Go to www.mis­sion­aus­tralia. com/youth­sur­vey to take part.

The sur­vey closes on July 31.

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