In Australia we are fortunate that most of our children and young people enjoy good health. However, mental health problems are not uncommon in people under the age of 25 years. Some of these problems may be relatively mild and short-lived and others may cause considerable distress to children, young people and their families over a longer period of time.

Children and young people may be affected by depression and anxiety, challenging and disruptive behaviours, eating disorders, psychosis and self-harming behaviour. They may also have difficulty adjusting to an illness or loss in the family.

Mental health problems are manageable. You can assist your child or young family member to live a happy, fulfilling life by encouraging them to talk about and work through these problems.

This brochure will help you to become aware of the warning signs, the importance of early help seeking and the ways you can help support your child.