Mental health & wellbeing

“Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being at all ages is essential to sustainable development. Currently, the world is facing a global health crisis unlike any other — COVID-19 is spreading human suffering, destabilizing the global economy and upending the lives of billions of people around the globe.”

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Almost 25 % of school students in Australia, or an estimated 910,000 children, experience bullying at some stage. source

14% of young people aged 12-17 had a mental health disorder in the last 12 months. source

Common mental illnesses in Australians are: anxiety disorders (14%), depressive disorders (6%) and substance use disorders (5%) source

Suicide is the leading cause of death among Australian aged 15-24 source

Alcohol is the most widely used recreational drug in Australia. It is the largest cause of drug-related deaths among Australian teenagers. source

Youthbeyondblue: Over 75% of mental health issues occur before the age of 25, while suicide continues to cause the largest loss of life of young people in Australia. It’s never too early to start looking after your mental health and wellbeing so you can be the best version of yourself.

Beyond Blue: 3 million Australians are living with anxiety or depression

Reach Out: It’s normal at various times to to feel sad, stressed, angry or anxious, but when these feelings last for longer than usual and start to affect your everyday life, it’s important to find our what’s going on and what you can do about it.

Headspace: There are many ways to access information and support about your mental health and wellbeing. Choose the way that best suits you.

Kids Helpline: Offering Help to young adults for a range of mental health issues including anxiety, depression and suicide awareness.

Black Dog Institute: Operates in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.

Sane Australia: Easy-to-read information on complex mental health issues for everyone. Have a look – you can browse, download or send them on to someone who needs them.

Youth Law: Free, confidential legal information & help for young people under 25.

Tune In Not Out: a one-stop shop for information on life’s challenges.

Butterfly Foundation: Support for eating disorders and body image issues.

Youth Central – Binge Drinking: What is Binge Drinking and what are the risks?

World Health Organisation: ABC of Health Topics.

Mental Health Australia: Mental Health Australia is committed to working towards a mentally healthy community where every person is able to participate and contribute free from discrimination.

Rosie: Respect – more than just a word.

10 things I’m learning while recovering from depression: Comedian and ABC Everyday reporter Jennifer Wong reflects on what she’s learning about recovering from depression.

Safe From Violence Tas: Family and sexual violence can impact young people in their homes and in their own relationships. Information for Help & Support for Young People.

Check out our YouTube playlist for some short videos on Mental Health & Wellbeing.

Behind the News: Happiness Survey 2020 with statistics and young people sharing their experiences with mental health.

Many well-known Aussies are part of the ReachOut campaign, ‘What Would You Tell Your #Younger Self?. Sam SmithIan ThorpeCourtney ActTriple J’s Gen and Lewis and many others have answered the question, sharing honest, helpful stories of advice to their younger selves.

Project Rockit TV: real talk on tough topics. Short videos by young people to get you thinking and give you strategies about bullying, online hate and social leadership.

The Line: videos and discussions about relationship issues.

Mindfully: guided meditations designed to provide practical tips and tricks to promote calm and clarity.

Gapminder: animated statistics that bring 30 years of human development reports to life.

Reach Out: become involved with the volunteer program.

Results: Results empowers thousands of people like you to advocate for a fairer world.

Look after your mental health: This year’s World Mental Health Day campaign (10/10) is encouraging everyone to make a promise to “Look after your mental health, Australia.” Need support now? If you or someone you care for is in need of immediate support you can contact the National Crisis Counselling Services.

headspaceKids Helpline and Reachout: all offer information and support on a wide range of wellbeing and mental health topics for young people.

LifeLine Tasmania: delivers suicide prevention and postvention programs.

A Tasmanian Lifeline: A one-off or ongoing telephone support service for Tasmanians of all ages who need someone to talk things through with.

Girls gotta know & Guys gotta know: legal information for young Tasmanians.

Red Thread: help for Tasmanians affected by, or at risk of, BBVs and STIs.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services: a list of Tasmanian Mental Health services on the Tasmanian Government website.

Family Planning Tasmania: sexual health advice, check-ups, education and a downloadable app.

Youth Arts & Recreation Centre: a creative,  safe and engaging space in Hobart for people aged 12 – 25.

Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania: legal advice and education, the education page has   videos for young people, including “Social Media and Youth” and “Alcohol and Partying”.

Youth Network of Tasmania: peak body for the youth sector in Tasmania.

The Link Provides links to youth services, including health services, around Tasmania.

Women’s Health Tasmania: a state-wide service run by women for women.

Department of Communities Tasmania for Children, Youth and Families.

Migrant Resource Centre: Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources for migrants.

Tas CAHRD: Tasmanian Council on Aids, Hepatitis and Related Diseases.

Young People Tas Gov: Multicultural access point for mental health and services.

Tas Gov Dept of Health and Human Services: Comprehensive list of health services in Tasmania.

Safe Homes, Families & Communities: Provides links and information on family and sexual violence.

Other learning resources

A Fairer World has posters, classroom activities, books, DVDs and web links on issues such as Metal Health Wellbeing. Contact us for a complete list of resources available free or on loan to members.

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