Why wellbeing is vital for boys

Last week, two reports were released that underline the importance and seriousness of mental health for young people today. Mission Australia and the Black Dog Institute released their Youth Survey (2012-2016) Report and the OECD released its 2015 PISA Report, which contains findings on wellbeing.

The Mission Australia/Black Dog Institute report contains the most telling data: probable serious mental illness (PSMI) has increased amongst young people (15-19 years of age) over the past five years, and those with a PSMI are concerned about coping with stress, school or study problems, and depression. The OECD makes a similar finding on school-related anxiety.

While there were some slight differences between these reports, the key findings contain a similar and important message for everyone in our community: we need to continue to increase our awareness and understanding of mental health, as well as increasing our willingness to do something about it.

Awareness and understanding can come about in a multitude of ways, including:

  • reading the summary of these two reports
  • attending opportunities at BGS (such as the Positive Parenting Program and information nights on our approach to mindfulness)
  • reading some of the wellbeing-related content in the eNews and the Wellbeing section of our Understanding Boys blog.

The willingness to do something about it can be as simple as committing to help our boys understand the importance of asking for help if, or when, they need it.

Ross Featherston