- 75 percent of mental illness starts before the age of 24
- 14 percent of children and teenagers in Australia have a diagnosable mental health problem
- Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15 to 44
Three teen mental health warning signs parents should look out for:
- Any change in what is considered 'normal' behaviour for your child should be addressed as changing behaviour can indicate a problem.
- Withdrawal from social activities can suggest something is not right. There will be times when a teenager won't participate in their usual activities however if a parent sees a consistent pattern of isolation from family, friends and activities this should be addressed.
- The mood of your teen is another common warning sign. The teenage years are fraught with highs and lows in emotion and this is normal (in young men, anger is not uncommon and in young women, sadness). However, if you notice your teenager experiencing these emotions frequently, without a shift back to their 'normal self', there might be a problem and this should be addressed.