News from Black Dog Institute:

One in five young Australians are likely to be experiencing mental illness, and less than 40 per cent are comfortable seeking professional help, according to a new report released by leading community organisation Mission Australia in partnership with the Black Dog Institute.

The Youth Mental Health Report, which will be officially launched today by the NSW Mental Health Commissioner John Feneley, also found the rate of mental illness among young Australians aged 15-19 was much higher among females and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, while young people with a disability were also overrepresented.

The report surveyed around 15,000 young people across the country.

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