“After so many years without help, my daughter was glad to have a diagnosis because it meant getting good treatments. ”
Some of life's biggest changes take place between the ages of 18 and 25. During this phase, many young adults have already started to make independent choices about work, study, where they live, relationships, and important decisions about their future.
As responsibilities increase, it can get overwhelming at times. There are many things that can impact on a young adult’s mental health. Conflict between their life path and family or societal expectations, challenging personal relationships, financial hardship, and excessive alcohol or drug use are some of the influencing factors.
For families and friends, it can be difficult to watch a loved one go through hard times. Helping a young adult get through a difficult phase involves understanding and respecting their growing independence, while still providing care and support.
If you feel that a young adult in your life is experiencing mental health issues, there are things you can do right away. The resources below have information and advice. If you want to support a young person, but aren’t sure where to start, you may also find this information on how to support someone and support for carers useful.
A closer look
1 in 4 Australians aged 16-24 currently experience a mental illness
Young adults are less likely to seek support
Developing wellbeing practices provides short-term and long-term benefits
Young adults may feel under-serviced in Mental Health
My daughter has got some very close friends who have stuck by her when she became unwell. Having this kind of support is so important.
I went back through my family tree and found several relatives who had mental illnesses. When I told my son, he found it really helpful to know that there was a genetic link. It helped him realise that his mental illness is not his fault.
My daughter found art therapy to be really helpful. She goes to sessions when she is both in and out of hospital.