A new study conducted Mental Health Australia has found that only 18% of young Australian’s seek help when feeling down or stressed. The study looked at various activities including diet, exercise, seeking advice or support and involvement in their community and whether or not people who were experiencing symptoms of depression and other mental health issues sought out such activities.
Generally, Australians are doing better than expected regarding their participation in activities that assist with improving mental health and wellbeing,” Mental Health Australia chief executive Frank Quinlan said
“We have a long way to go to make it OK to do something about our mental health and wellbeing. However, we found when we looked at these and other activities in young adults between 18 and 29, the results were not as strong.
“In fact, the research found this same age group was surprisingly the least likely to socialise with friends and family and, perhaps not surprisingly, the least likely to take time out from their electronic devices.”
Mental Health is one of the biggest issues facing young Australians. The aforementioned activities are all great first steps to improving mental health, along with seeking out advice from a GP.
The first conversation around mental health issues will always be the most difficult and many people are often surprised by the level of support they have. If you are feeling stressed, anxious or down – let your friends, family or GP know.