mental health statistics
Source: Mission Australia
Source: national study in 2009.
Source: Mission Australia
Mental Health Commission of New South Wales
The alarming statistics on bullying and mental health issues are generating increasing community concern for the mental health and well-being of our children and young people.
Anxiety levels have increased significantly and mental health issues are leading to suicide, the biggest killer of our Australian youth. Children today are inundated with information on topics like anxiety, depression, bullying, suicide, self-harm, and other mental health issues. There is a glaring absence of positive messages.
An article from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute states that "With about 50% of mental health disorders beginning before the age of 14 years, prevention and early intervention are paramount if we want to reduce a lifetime prevalence of mental health disorders and allow children to live their best possible lives".
Science shows that acts of kindness and compassion increase wellbeing and improve self-esteem. People’s actions do matter and we each have the power to make a difference.
Bullying can be physical, verbal or social.
Data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) in 2016 shows that 7 in 10 children aged 12–13 experienced at least 1 bullying-like behaviour within a year. According to the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2015, 1 in 5 Year 4 students experience bullying on a weekly basis.
Data from LSAC in 2016 found that almost half (46%) of children aged 12–13 who experienced at least 1 bullying-like behaviour within a year also used bullying-like behaviours against another child. Frequent school bullying was highest among Year 5 (32%) and Year 8 (29%) students.
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