19 October 2015

Survey reveals high rates of stress in children

What worries Australian kids? Who do kids turn to if they feel anxious?
It’s the biggest survey of kids’ mental health in Australian history and the results are in.

The new survey, conducted by ABC’s Behind the News, asked children questions about their worries, fears and emotions. 20,000 Australian children participated in the survey, which exposed high levels of stress in children aged between six and 16.

The survey found that one in four kids worries about the future all the time and one in four worries about their family all the time. Almost 40 per cent of 16-year-olds feel worried most or all the time.

Two-thirds of kids have experienced bullying at some stage of their lives, making bullying a significant and ongoing issue for children.

The issues which worry kids the most are the future (43%), family (39%), health (37%) and friends (34%), followed by body image (31%), bullying (30%), world problems (28%), school (27%) and being different (24%).

"Just like adults, children have worries and fears, and they also have times when they feel okay and times when they feel happy," says child psychologist Kirrilie Smout.

If you or someone you know needs help, call Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800 or the beyondblue support service on 1300 22 4636.

Further findings can be found on the ABC website.


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