National study on mental health of young men
29 Jul 2013
The Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) has joined with charity Movember and beyondblue to tackle the mental health and wellbeing of young men aged 16-25, after a national survey revealed almost 20 per cent think their life is not worth living.
The first Young and Well National Survey, a scientific study of young men from across Australia, uncovered alarming statistics:
- Nearly one in five felt that life is hardly worth living.
- Nearly one in 10 thought about taking their own life.
- 42 per cent experience psychological distress.
- Unemployment and moderate to very high levels of psychological distress trigger suicidal thoughts and behaviour.
The research also identifies new methods of engagement with young men via technology that matches their current usage and behaviour online, offering new hope for improving their mental health and wellbeing.
For more about the research go to www.yawcrc.org.au. Check out our topics 'Self-esteem and confidence' and 'Depression' for advice.