Men aged between 18-25 are not seeking help to manage their mental health.
Figures released by the National Youth Mental Health Foundation show that nearly a third (31 per cent) of 18-25 year old young men report high or very high levels of psychological distress; and 35 per cent of these young men have never sought support from a mental health professional.
This research reveals alarming and deeply concerning increases in the levels of psychological distress being experienced by young men and how these young men are not seeking help from a mental health professional, chief executive of headspace, Jason Trethowan, said.
“These figures are far too high and should be taken as a serious warning that the mental health and wellbeing of young men really needs to be prioritised.
We want to encourage all young men to try one of our seven healthy headspace tips to help them focus on maintaining their mental health as much as they do their physical health.”
Contributing to men’s health is the traditional gender role stereotypes, inability to identify early warning signs and a reluctance to let anyone know if they are struggling.
Young men need to be proactive. “The most impactful has been connecting and staying active,” headspace youth advocate Fergus Patterson said. “It’s really important to care for your body as well as your mind.”
- Seek support at headspace through face-to-face, online and telephone services.
- The seven tips to maintaining a healthy headspace can be found at headspace.org.au/headcoach