Mental health and online safety key topics of talk

LISTENERS were shocked to hear statistics about mental health and online safety during a presentation by Forrest MHR Nola Marino at Australind Library last Monday.

Senior library officer Deborah Pye said Ms Marino was clearly very passionate about the topics and gave a “fantastic” presentation.

“You could have heard a pin drop,” Mrs Pye said.

“We were completely absorbed in the startling information and frightening statistics.”

In the talk Ms Marino quoted the Health and Sport’ Minister’s second Australian Child and Adolescent survey of Mental Health and Well-Being from 2015, which surveyed 6300 families and youths aged 4 to 17.

The survey found one in seven children and young people experienced a mental health disorder in the past 12 months, the equivalent of 560,000 young Australians.

Alarmingly, one in 10 teenagers had engaged in some form of selfharm, equivalent to 186,000 young people, a quarter of which comprised teenage girls aged between 16 and 17.

“It became apparent that we as parents need to be aware at all times of what our children are doing and who they are interacting with when they are online,” Mrs Pye said.

Source: Harvey-Waroona Reporter.