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Young Minds Matter

Snapshot of findings

First published Wednesday 25 May 2016.

  • Promote the results of the Young Minds Matter survey to researchers, families and service providers to use via the Australian Data Archive.
  • Work to expand the survey to cover the mental health of Indigenous youth.
  • Fewer now have ADHD and conduct disorder but there has been an increase in the number of adolescents with major depressive disorder.
  • Adolescent girls had high levels of distress. One in five aged 16-17 years met diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder, one in six had self-harmed in the past 12 months and one in 20 had attempted suicide in that time frame.
  • More than 50 per cent of young people with a mental health condition were receiving some kind of help and almost 90 per cent of those with serious disorders were getting help.
  • Schools play a key role in identification and management, with a school staff member among those to suggest that some help for emotional or behavioural problems was needed in 40 per cent of cases.
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