Posted: 11 October, 2016
On Headspace Day, We're Encouraging Young Aussies To Seek Help For Mental Health
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New research has found young Aussies are playing a dangerous, mental health waiting game.
The cost of treatment and social stigma behind mental health is strongly to blame, stats showing up to 50 per cent of 12 to 25-year-old's are waiting six months before seeking help.
Today marks the inaugural Headspace Day, created to ensure every young Aussie has access to young-friendly mental health services.
Their research also uncovered that close to 50 per cent said financial cost was a barrier preventing them from getting treatment, whilst almost 45 per cent said they believed they could not be helped.
Every year, a quarter of all young people will experience mental health issues, with early intervention to combat mental illness in young people being crucial.
Ambassador for Headspace Day and Olympic gold medallist Matt Mitcham said he has suffered with depression and hopes going public about his own battle will inspire others.
"I suffered with depression from about 14 to 18-years-old and I found it incredibly difficult to reach out, because of the stigma surrounding it," he said.
"I saw mental illness as a weakness, particularly in the competitive sporting environment, a weakness isn't something you want people to know about."
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