The rate of young Tasmanians with a serious mental illness has leapt from one-in-six, five years ago, to one-in-five today.
A survey of almost 2,000 young Tasmanians by Mission Australia has found a concerning increase in mental illness amongst teens aged 15-19.
State director, Noel Mundy, said greater funding is needed for services and awareness programs.
“It’s essential that there are effective mental health services and interventions available to young people right across the state.
“That school’s are skilled up; particularly teachers ... to identify the signs of mental health and to address some of the stigma related to that," Mr Mundy said.
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