Among the statistics cited are theses:
One in every four young people will experience a mental disorder in any 12 month period (most commonly substance abuse or dependency, depression or anxiety, or a combination of these).
Depression and anxiety are the most prevalent mental health issues experienced by young people, with around 30% of
adolescents experiencing a diagnosable depressive episode by the age of 18 years.
Mental disorders were the leading contributor to the burden of disease and injury (49%) among young Australians aged
15”“24 years in 2003, with anxiety and depression being the leading specific cause for both males and females