“It can be difficult talking to my mum as I don't want to distress her. It's good to get professional help and not just rely on family. ”
Between the ages of 18 and 25, we experience some big changes and events in our lives. As a young adult, you may be entering the workforce, finding your identity, travelling, studying, socialising, or finding your calling in life.
As you become more independent and your responsibilities increase, it can be stressful. Some of the causes of this stress could be relationship problems, sexual health and identity issues, money problems, and excessive alcohol or drug use, among others. So it's a crucial time to look after your wellbeing.
Noticing any symptoms relating to mental illness early on can help you get back into balance more smoothly later in life. Developing social skills, self-respect, optimistic thinking, and self-discipline can greatly help to improve wellbeing and mental health.
Reaching out and talking to people you trust about what you’re going through can be a big step in the right direction. We have resources below that can help you get started.
If you want to reach out for help, but aren't sure where to start, you may find this information on seeking support helpful.
A closer look
1 in 4 Australians aged 16-24 currently experience a mental illness
Self-care skills are important for young adults to look after their own wellbeing
Young adulthood is still a time of biological growth and change
It can be helpful to notice and record personal strengths, and changes
You might find online and phone-based mental health resources helpful. Some suggestions are below. You can find more with our Search tool.