Enhancing help-seeking skills in young people
In June 2014 research from Mission Australia and the Black Dog Institute found that 1 in 5 young Australians are dealing with a serious mental illness, but they are the least willing to seek information or professional support.
The COPMI national initiative recognises the importance of encouraging young people to seek help - particularly those who have a parent with mental illness (and have vulnerabilities to developing mental health issues themselves). As a result, we have developed new information for parents, teenagers and professionals (including schools) regarding how to enhance help-seeking skills in our youth.
Input regarding this information was provided by young people with parents who experience mental illness, professional organisations and those who work directly with young people.
We encourage you to share these links as widely as possible.
- 'Encouraging your teenager to get support'- website content and downloadable fact sheet for printing.
- 'It's important to get help when you need it' - website content and downloadable fact sheet for printing.
For secondary schools:
- 'Helping teenagers find the help they need' - website content and downloadable fact sheet for printing.
Evidence-based research on help-seeking
Professionals may also be interested in reading the GEMS ('Gateway to Evidence that Matters') evidence-based research summary that the COPMI national initiative produced on help-seeking amongst young people:
- 'Help-seeking for young people with mental health problems in families with a parent who experiences a mental illness'