Fact Sheets

  • 'Anxiety and young people'

    Anxiety disorders are characterised by excessive fear and worry, which can seriously reduce a young person’s ability to function in their day-to-day lives. Anxiety disorders are common – around 15% of Australians aged 16–24 experience an anxiety disorder each year.

  • 'Autism Spectrum Disorder and young people'

    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition that can be identified from early childhood onwards and can affect a person throughout their life. The cause is unknown, and there’s no specific medical or genetic test to diagnose it. Instead, diagnosis is based on the presence of: particular patterns of social communication and interaction, restricted interests, and rigid routines, repetitive behaviour (e.g., lining up objects) or repetitive speech.

  • 'Beyond sad - Recognising depression and supporting young people'

    Adolescence and young adulthood is a period of great change and personal growth. There are a number of challenges that come along with this life stage — school and work stress, increasing independence, growing social demands and relationship break-ups are just some of the things a young person may grapple with as they move into adulthood. It is therefore unsurprising that, like all of us, young people can have the occasional mood swing, feel irritable or feel sad. However, sometimes these feelings persist and develop into something more severe, like clinical depression. Perhaps given the increased demands of adolescence, young people are at also an increased risk for developing depression.

  • 'Borderline Personality Disorder and young people'

    Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a term used to describe a pattern of problems that usually start during youth and affect most areas of life, causing the person significant distress over a number of years.

  • 'Depression and young people'

    Depression is more than feeling sad or down, it is a mental illness that is unfortunately common. Among Australians aged between 12–25 years, depression causes more burden than any other illness, either physical or mental. Around 1 in 6 young people will experience depression during adolescence and the rates are higher among young females than young males.

  • 'Dissociation and trauma in young people'

    This factsheet focuses on supporting young people, their families and carers to understand what dissociation is, and how it can relate to traumatic experiences.

  • 'Eating and body image disorders and young people'

    Eating disorders and body image disorders are serious mental illnesses in which eating, weight or dissatisfaction with one’s appearance becomes an unhealthy preoccupation in a person’s life. Adolescence is the peak period for onset of these disorders and they lead to significant interference with day to day life.

  • 'Getting active and young people'

    Being active helps maintain your health. We tend to think that the mind and body are separate, but what you do with your body can have a powerful effect on your mental health. And it’s easier to feel good about life if your body feels good.

  • 'Getting help early for psychosis and young people'

    The first time someone experiences an episode of psychosis can be confusing and distressing. Behavioural and emotional changes associated with psychosis can be concerning because of a lack of understanding about what’s happening. This lack of understanding often leads to a delay in seeking help, which means this treatable condition is sometimes left unrecognised and untreated.

  • 'Helping someone with psychosis and young people'

    It often distressing to see someone experiencing psychosis. Whether it is shock, confusion, guilt, or anger, there is no right or wrong way to feel. It’s easy to mistake the very early phases of psychosis for the normal ups and downs that young people go through – this is what makes it difficult to recognise the problem.