Mental Health & Personal Crisis

A mental illness is a health problem that significantly affects how a person thinks, behaves and interacts with other people. One in five Australians will suffer from a mental illness at some point in their lives, and between 15% and 30% of employees will experience mental health problems at some point, it can happen to anyone.1


 The Facts

  • 75% of mental illness begins before the age of 25.2

  • 1 in 4 young Australians lives with a mental illness.2

  • In an Australian Year 12 classroom, (with an average of 30 students), 7 young people will have experienced a recognised mental health difficulty but only 2 will have sought professional help. At least 1 will have attempted suicide.2

  • Suicide remains the leading cause of death among young people aged 14 -25.2

  • Over 70% of people with mental health problems recover and get on with their lives.1

The Link

Adolescence is a time of significant biological changes coupled with social and emotional challenges such as exam stress or first relationships. In addition to all the normal challenges young people face they may also be subject to serious issues like cyberbullying and discrimination. One in four young people experience mental health difficulties, disrupting relationships, education and work.

Over 75% of mental illness begins in adolescence, yet only 29% seek any help. Poor mental health directly relates to suicide and violence.
In 2009, mental illness in young people cost Australia $10.6 billion, including lost productivity, welfare payments, health and carer costs. Suicide costs the Australian economy $17.5 billion annually.

Over 95% of young Australians use the Internet daily. An unprecedented opportunity exists to engage young people to utilise these technologies for cybersafety, mental health and wellbeing.3

Community Partner

Telco Together supports ReachOut.com, Australia's largest online youth mental health service that is accessed by more than 4,500 people every day. Their work enables young people to access help, 24 hours a day, wherever and whenever they need it, providing practical information, tools and support to young people for everyday troubles to really tough times. 

ReachOut.com aims to help young people to understand what they are going through, shows them they are not alone in their experience, and explains the different help options that are available. Read more>>


Sources: 1.http://www.mentalhealth.wa.gov.au/mental_illness_and_health/mh_workplace.aspx 2 http://www.inspire.org.au/why-we-do-it 3. http://www.youngandwellcrc.org.au/about/young-and-well