Posted: 11 October, 2016 by @amydrewsnews

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."

If you need support and information about suicide prevention, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

#headspaceday is about making sure everyone, especially young people, have access to youth-friendly mental health services wherever they are. It's tomorrow 😊 this is me encouraging people to reach out as a first resort rather than a last resort. Wishing everyone a good day and good mental health 😘 #Repost @headspace_aus ・・・ We are thrilled to have former Olympic gold medallist diver @matthewmitcham88 on board as our national ambassador for #headspaceday Matthew has triumphed over his physical and emotional pain to become a role model for many, both in and out of the pool. Find out more and get involved at via the link in our bio #youth #mentalhealth #awareness #nfp #support #launch #campaign #insta #getinvolved #accessallareas #ambassador #olympic #matthewmitcham

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