Teen Mental Health

The statistics of anxiety, depression, and suicide in young people in Australia are staggering.

As a leader of teenagers, Trainee Youth Minister Andi takes these statistics very seriously. We can only imagine the impact that this period of social isolation and constant change has had on pre-existing mental health struggles.

Teen Mental Health Week 4

Hey Parents, Last week I shared with you signs you can look out for indicating your youth may be going through a tough time with their mental health. It’s great to know what to look out for but it’s also important to be equipped with how to talk about Mental Health once you notice something is up. This week I wanted to share with you another great resource from Beyond Blue. This video shares parents’ tips on starting the conversation…

Teen Mental Health Week 3

Hey parents, Mental Health is something my family talks about a LOT. But, it definitely wasn’t always that way. When I was in early high school my sister experienced a really challenging time for her mental health. My parents have shared with us that at the time they were unaware of warning signs to look out for, how to communicate well with her and what they could actually do to help when they realized she was struggling. What my parents…

Teen Mental Health Week 2

Hey Parents, It’s no surprise that having supportive friends is an extremely valuable resource when things get tough. When you’re a teenager though, these friends are often the same age as you and may have limited resources or experience to help you in the way you need. This can be especially true when youth are faced with a friend going through a mental health crisis. In my experience youth are great at noticing when something isn’t quite right with one…

Teen Mental Health Week 1

Hi Parents, I have been reflecting a lot on mental health and young people lately. The statistics of anxiety, depression, and suicide in young people in Australia are staggering: One in seven young people aged 4 to 17 years experience a mental health condition in any given year. One in ten young people aged 12-17 years old will self-harm, one in 13 will seriously consider a suicide attempt, and one in 40 will attempt suicide. Suicide continues to be the…

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