Results from the Australian Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, conducted in 2013-14 by the Telethon Kids Institute at The University of Western Australia found:

  • Most children have positive mental health and show no signs of mental health difficulties.
  • However, for children aged 4-11, the survey found that almost one in seven Australian children had a mental health concern, with anxiety (6.9%) and ADHD (8.2%) being the most common. This overall statistic is consistent with the results of the survey conducted in 1998
  • This finding highlights the importance of raising awareness of the signs of mental health disorders in children and promoting early help-seeking strategies

Social/emotional

  • Fears and worries
  • Low mood
  • Friendship issues
  • School avoidance
  • Grief and loss
  • Resilience – takes time to bounce back from setbacks
  • Sleep issues (e.g. difficulty falling asleep, waking a lot, nightmares)
  • Separation issues
  • Difficulty making friends/poor peer-relationships
  • Problems with transition to school, or from one year to another
  • Separation anxiety
  • Behaviour problems and disorders (e.g. ADHD)
  • Specialist behaviour management planning
  • Low self esteem
  • Well-being issues
  • Mental health concerns (e.g. low mood)
  • Family relationship issues

If a child ticks several of these areas and you are concerned feel free to call AIM Therapy on 6150 8339 or email reception@aimot.com.au for more information about how our services may help. We look forward to hearing from you.

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