Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has pledged AU$2.8m towards a youth mental health group, in an attempt to help ‘break the curse’ of youth suicide.
Recent figures suggest that around a quarter of Aussies between the ages of 16 and 24 experience mental health issues annually, whilst suicide is now the leading cause of detah for those between the ages of 16 and 44.
The additional funding comes after mental health support was placed at the heart of the recent election campaign, with Morrison promising to spend more than AU$42m on mental health causes if elected.
Charity ‘batyr Australia’ will be the beneficiaries of the first financial boost with the group, launched in 2011 and named after Kazakh speaking elephant ‘batyr’ aiming to give a voice to the elephant in the room - mental illness.
Their mission statement involves smashing the stigma surrounding mental health by creating communities that support young people, and encourage them to seek help when needed - after figures showed that seven in every 30 Australian students will experience mental health issues, but only two of the seven will seek support.
The announcement comes at a time when mental health is very much at the top of Australia’s agenda, after a recently published report showed that around 45 men take their own lives every single week. This figure is far from the most shocking however, with the suicide rate in young males under the age of 15 rising by 77% in 2017.
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