WHERE TO GET MORE HELP
One of the major causes of psychological distress in young people is an inability to cope with stress, according to the Mission Australia report. That means programs that teach teenagers coping skills and emotional awareness could play a key part in addressing the issue. Dr Fiona Shand, director of research for Lifespan, a community-led suicide prevention approach at the Black Dog Institute, said: “It’s imperative we make schools an environment where parents, teachers and the school system work together to teach mental health resilience in students.” Black Dog runs a Youth Aware of Mental Health program that teaches skills for coping with adverse life events and stress. It has been completed by 5000 Year 9 students in NSW schools. Scientific modelling predicts Lifespan can help prevent 21 per cent of suicide deaths and 30 per cent of attempts. CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) can help people change negative or unhelpful thought patterns to more positive reactions and problem solving.
WHO CAN HELP?
Your GP or family psychologist Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800 or kidshelp.com.au headspace.org.au/headspace-centres 1800 650 890 The Black Dog Institute: blackdoginstitute.org.au/getting-help beyondblue.org.au: 1300 224 636 For teens, online sites and apps including Moodgym (Online CBT), Breathe2relax, video game Journey to Wild Divine and the BRAVE Self Help Program – brave-online.com The Federal Government lists online programs at mindhealthconnect.org.au