Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problems experienced by young Australians. Overall, about half of people with anxiety experience their first symptoms by the age of 11 years. Depression, self -harm and suicidal behaviour are also common co-morbid symptoms of anxiety. This phenomenon alone brings to light the responsibility of professionals working with this cohort and importance of them to become aware and responsive to the first signs and symptoms that a young person is in distress.
The presentation will explore what anxiety and depression are and which life factors can contribute to the development of these conditions. Understanding what the common symptoms of anxiety and depression are is essential in being able to recognise them alongside identifying and what to do if someone is self-harming or thinking about ending their life. The presentation will also discuss how to access professional help and treatment and how to normalise this step for a distressed young person.
This event includes afternoon tea.