Our students are struggling.
35% of university students aged 17 to 25 thought about suicide or self-harm in the last 12 months (Headspace, 2016).
1 in 4 young people aged 15 to 19 met the criteria for a probable serious mental illness (PSMI) (Mission Australia, 2017; Orygen, 2017).
The rate of PSMI has been increasing over the last 5 years (Mission Australia, 2017).
Young people are reluctant to seek help due to stigma and fear of being judged (Coentre, Talina, Góis, & Figueira, 2017; Mission Australia, 2017; Orygen, 2017).
What we offer:
LOSE YOUR MIND offers interactive mental health literacy workshops for high school students aimed at improving their empathy, understanding and support-giving and support-seeking skills. VR is not used for this group but experiential learning is a vital element of the workshop. Follow up activities are also provided for teachers.
Coentre, R., Talina, M., Góis, C., & Figueira, M. (2017). Depressive symptoms and suicidal behavior after first- episode psychosis: A comprehensive systematic review. Psychiatry Research, 253, 240–248. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2017.04.010
Headspace, 2016. National Tertiary Student Wellbeing Survey 2016. Retrieved from: https://www.headspace.org.au/assets/Uploads/headspace-NUS-Publication-Digital.pdf
Mission Australia. (2017). Mission Australian Five Year Mental Health Youth Report. Retrieved from: https://www.missionaustralia.com.au/publications/research/young-people/706-five-year-mental-health-youth-report/file
Nordentoft, M., Madsen, T., & Fedyszyn, I. (2015). Suicidal Behavior and Mortality in First-Episode Psychosis. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 203(5), 387–392. doi:10.1097/NMD.0000000000000296
Orygen. (2017). Under the Radar. The mental health of Australian university students. Retrieved from: https://www.orygen.org.au/Policy-Advocacy/Policy-Reports/Under-the-radar/Orygen-Under_the_radar_report.aspx?ext=.