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The mental health of children and adolescents

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Publication date: 
August 2015
Publication type: 
Intended audience: 
General public

This report includes:

  • second Australian Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing highlights
  • overview of mental disorders (DISC-IV)
  • major depressive disorder
  • anxiety disorder
  • attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • conduct disorder and oppositional problem behaviours
  • service use
  • perceived need and barriers to receiving mental health care
  • the role of schools and impact on education
  • mental disorders, self-reported problems and distress
  • adolescent reported self-harm and suicidal behaviours
  • self-reported problems, behaviours and risk factors in young people
  • what adolescents told us about service use and seeking help
  • comparison with 1998 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing.