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.
- Grief and loss
- Relationship issues
- Transition/adjustment to change (i.e. problems with transition)
- Social skills
- Conflict between child and parent
- Friendship issues
- Peer pressure/impact of social media
- Mental health issues (anxiety, depression, other)