Mental health of young Australians impacted by COVID-19

New research recently released from headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation shows young Australians are fearful and uncertain for their future as a result of COVID-19. A national survey of 2,208 young people aged 15-25 and 2,164 parents of young people aged 12-25 conducted at the height of the COVID-19 lockdown in Australia showed 40% of young respondents felt that the pandemic had impacted their confidence to achieve future goals. Alarmingly, research also found that half of all respondents felt their mental health had got worse during this period (51%). 

The survey results also reveal significant discrepancies between how much parents believe their young peoples’ lives are impacted as a result of COVID-19 and what young people are actually saying themselves. headspace has launched a new digital awareness campaign “Together we’ve got this”, which aims to support the mental health of young people and their parents as we move through the COVID-19 pandemic.