An estimated 50% of adult mental illness begins before the age of 14.
One in ten young people aged 12-17 years old will self-harm, one in 13 will seriously consider a suicide attempt, and one in 40 will attempt suicide
Sources: Kessler RC, Chiu WT, Demler O, Merikangas KR, Walters EE. Prevalence, severity, and comorbidity of 12-month DSM-IV disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2005;62(6):617-27
Lawrence D, Johnson S, Hafekost J, Boterhoven De Haan K, Sawyer M, Ainley J, Zubrick SR. (2015). The Mental Health of Children and Adolescents. Report on the second Australian Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing. Canberra: Department of Health
What we teach:
- Self-awareness: emotional literacy, identifying personal strengths, developing resilience.
- Self-management: emotional regulation, managing stress, positive self talk.
- Social awareness: developing empathy, understanding social norms, appreciating diversity.
- Respectful relationships: friendships, assertive communication, conflict resolution, resisting peer influence and pressure, consent, seeking and offering support, digital citizenship.