On the radar

Mission Australia’s new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth survey

29 September 2016
One in 10 young Indigenous males rated their happiness with life a zero out of 10, according to a new Mission Australia report.

One in 10 young Indigenous males rated their happiness with life a zero out of 10, according to a new Mission Australia report.

The 2015 survey also reported one in 100 non-Indigenous young people rated their happiness with life a zero.

More than 18,000 Australian young people aged between 15 and 19 responded, including 1162 identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

The top three concerns for all young people surveyed were coping with stress, school/study problems and body image, which have also ranked highest in previous years’ results.

More young males identified they were extremely concerned about depression than they were about body image. Indigenous respondents were also more likely to be “extremely concerned” with depression than non-Indigenous respondents.

The report results revealed 36 per cent of Indigenous young people who had spent time away from home had done so more than 10 times because they “felt they couldn’t go back”.

Anxiety and depression are common and treatable. It’s important to seek help early to aid recovery sooner.

If you think you might have anxiety or depression and want to take action to recover, start by talking to someone you trust, like a friend or family member. Here are some tips on talking to an adult about how you are feeling.

To see how young Indigenous women in the Kimberly region deal with anxiety and depression, check out beyondblue’s Alive and Kicking Goals video.

Download Mission Australia's infographic relating the youth survey here

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