New Zealand young people facing 'silent pandemic of psychological distress'

A Radio New Zealand article.

Mental health conditions amongst young people have doubled in the past decade with researchers describing it as “a silent pandemic of psychological distress”.

A commentary published today called Youth Mental Health in Aotearoa New Zealand: Greater Urgency Required, produced by Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures at The University of Auckland, looked into the factors that impacted young people’s mental health, and effective strategies for prevention and intervention.

It called for urgent action to better understand the rapid rise in issues among youth, and found nationally, poor mental health in our rangatahi had doubled in 10 years – a sharp rise – which was inequitable and only worsening.

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