Why focus on young people?

We focus our efforts on young people because we believe education and early intervention is key.

We believe that how young people manage their stress and anxiety as a child becomes how they manage it as an adult. By offering a hand up rather than a hand-out during early stages of an individual’s life, a lot of the crisis can be prevented.

“There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in.”
— Desmond Tutu

We can’t afford to ignore mental health issues any longer

  • There are up to a million people going untreated for mental health conditions in Australia with these illnesses costing the economy around $180 billion each year.
  • More than 95% of mental health funding goes to treatment. In fact, in this year’s State Budget just 1.7% of the mental health budget is on prevention.
  • Western Australia has the highest rate of readmission rates at 16.5% of people returning to hospital within 28 days.

How mental health affects youth

Ages 15-44

Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15-44


75% of mental illness emerges before the age of 25

1 in 4

1 in 4 young people currently experience a mental health problem


Adolescents are more likely to talk to their friends when they are struggling

Over 350,000

Over 350,000 Australians aged 16-34 have attempted suicide in their lifetime.

Do you need some help?

Are you struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, bullying, self-harm or suicidal thoughts? Please contact the organisations and services found in our support resources.

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