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Mental health and young
people: Setting the scene
Ellen Newman
Hunter Institute of Mental Health
The Hunter Institute of Mental Health is a leading
national organisation dedicated to re...
Mental illness
• 50% of people during their lifetime
• Age of onset = 50% by 14 years, 75% by 24
years.
Mental illness in children and
young people
• Almost 1 in 7 (13.9%) of 4-17 year olds past 12 months
• Males more likely t...
Mental illness in young people
• Depression and anxiety most common:
– 1 in 13 aged 11-17 years meet diagnostic criteria
f...
Self-harm
• In young people aged 12-17:
– 1 in 10 had ever self-harmed.
• In young women aged 16-17:
– 16.8% had self-harm...
Suicidal behaviour
• In young people aged 12-17 years:
– 1 in 13 had seriously considered suicide;
– 1 in 40 had attempted...
Key issues for young people
• Issues of most concern:
– Coping with stress;
– School or study problems;
– Body image;
– De...
Creating safe and supportive environments that
promote wellbeing and personal development as well
as learning.
By providin...
Helping children and young people develop effective
social and emotional skills and manage their own
behaviour.
Provide ex...
Identifying children, young people and families who may
be in need of additional support.
Teachers can pick up early signs...
Link children, young people and families with support and
information services for mental health and wellbeing.
Teachers c...
Develop broader organisational, school and community
strategies that support wellbeing.
Teachers can also contribute to br...
Questions?
Ellen Newman
Projects Coordinator
ellen.newman@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au
www.responseability.org.au
www.himh.org.au
...
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Mental health and young people: Setting the scene

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Symposium presentation by Ellen Newman, Hunter Institute of Mental Health, for the Society for Mental Health Research Conference 2016.

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Mental health and young people: Setting the scene

  1. 1. Mental health and young people: Setting the scene Ellen Newman
  2. 2. Hunter Institute of Mental Health The Hunter Institute of Mental Health is a leading national organisation dedicated to reducing mental illness and suicide and improving wellbeing for all Australians. For more than 20 years we have been delivering successful, evidence-based mental health and suicide prevention programs from our base in Newcastle, NSW.
  3. 3. Mental illness • 50% of people during their lifetime • Age of onset = 50% by 14 years, 75% by 24 years.
  4. 4. Mental illness in children and young people • Almost 1 in 7 (13.9%) of 4-17 year olds past 12 months • Males more likely than females • Most common types of illness: – ADHD (7.4%); – Anxiety disorders (6.9%); – Major depressive disorder (2.8%); – Conduct disorder (2.1%). *Young Minds Matter Survey 2015
  5. 5. Mental illness in young people • Depression and anxiety most common: – 1 in 13 aged 11-17 years meet diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorders; – 1 in 5 girls aged 16-17 years meet criteria; – 1 in 5 aged 11-17 years had high or very high levels of psychological distress.
  6. 6. Self-harm • In young people aged 12-17: – 1 in 10 had ever self-harmed. • In young women aged 16-17: – 16.8% had self-harmed in past year. • Self-harm more common in: – Girls vs boys; – Older adolescents vs. young adolescents.
  7. 7. Suicidal behaviour • In young people aged 12-17 years: – 1 in 13 had seriously considered suicide; – 1 in 40 had attempted suicide. • In young women aged 16-17 years: – 1 in 7 seriously considered suicide; – 1 in 20 attempted suicide. • Suicidal behaviours more common in: – Girls vs. boys; – Older adolescents vs. young adolescents.
  8. 8. Key issues for young people • Issues of most concern: – Coping with stress; – School or study problems; – Body image; – Depression; – Family conflict. *Mission Australia Youth Survey 2013 • 1 in 4 young people are unhappy with their lives
  9. 9. Creating safe and supportive environments that promote wellbeing and personal development as well as learning. By providing opportunities to: • Build secure attachments • Establish and maintain respectful, trusting relationships • Develop a sense of belonging. C H I L D
  10. 10. Helping children and young people develop effective social and emotional skills and manage their own behaviour. Provide experiences and activities that offer opportunities to: • Understand emotions of self and others • Develop empathy and respond to others feelings appropriately • Learn effective social interaction with peers and pro-social skills. C H I L D
  11. 11. Identifying children, young people and families who may be in need of additional support. Teachers can pick up early signs of difficulties, such as: • Decline in academic performance • Avoiding new situations or missing lots of school • Challenging behaviour occurring in multiple settings and persisting overtime. C H I L D
  12. 12. Link children, young people and families with support and information services for mental health and wellbeing. Teachers can do this by having: • Knowledge of local support services • Effective partnerships with parents, children and other agencies in the community • Referring children and families to other agencies for further assessment, treatment and support when required. C H I L D
  13. 13. Develop broader organisational, school and community strategies that support wellbeing. Teachers can also contribute to broader wellbeing strategies through: • Policies and procedures for wellbeing • A service goal or philosophy • Documents, procedures and daily practices • Staff orientation and training to key policies. C H I L D
  14. 14. Questions? Ellen Newman Projects Coordinator ellen.newman@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au www.responseability.org.au www.himh.org.au 02 4924 6900

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