Teens shun tech for family and friends

Queensland’s Courier Mail, citing research from AIFS’ Growing Up in Australia study, reports that teens are more likely to seek face-to-face help from friends and family.

Speaking about the research, AIFS director Anne Hollonds said ‘While not all adolescents report having personal or emotional problems, the vast majority do’.

The report, ‘Adolescent Help-seeking’, contained in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children 2017 Annual Statistical Report, found that 14–15-year-olds are more likely to seek help from informal sources, such as a friend, sibling or parent, than from a formal source, such as a teacher, family doctor or mental health professional. It further found that non-face-to-face sources, such as the internet and phone helplines, were the least common source of help for this age group.

In allied research, Mission Australia’s Youth Survey 2018, found that 43% of young people identified mental health as the top issue facing Australia today – up from 33% in 2017 and doubling since 2016.

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