SUPPORT IN TOUGH TIMES: ENCOURAGING YOUNG PEOPLE TO SEEK HELP FOR THEIR FRIENDS

November 7, 2014

SUPPORT IN TOUGH TIMES: ENCOURAGING YOUNG PEOPLE TO SEEK HELP FOR THEIR FRIENDS

The NSW Commission for Children and Young People in conjunction with the NSW Mental Health Commission have published research report titled "Support in tough times: Encouraging young people to seek help for their friends."  The report looks at the barriers and supports to young people seeking adult help for a friend experiencing mental health problems.  The research involved online surveys of 3241 school aged young people and a survey of 89 principals.  About two thirds of the students surveyed knew someone who had experienced a mental health problem, and most of these students indicated that they would support a friend in a range of ways.  Almost one third of participants stated that they did not know a suitable adult who they could go to in order to get help for a friend.

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