The number of young Australians experiencing some form of mental ill-health is at a record high, and women are twice as likely to be affected, with many of them struggling with depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.
The rise of mental ill-health in young people and women has been documented in other countries, but the issue is especially prominent in Australia, where one in six young people and one in four women are experiencing mental ill-health.
“What we see in Australia is a huge gap between our health and social care systems, and the number of people that need help is much higher than is being met,” said Dr Sarah Boulton, from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
The research, which found more than half of young people who are clinically depressed or have an anxiety disorder had never sought help.
“We’re spending more money on hospital stays, we’re spending