As you read the title of this piece you may be wondering why exactly I decided to undergo this activity. It was pretty simple, all you have to do is look at the statistics. If you are reading this as an Australian teenager aged between 18-24, you are now in the age bracket that has the highest probability of possessing a mental heath problem. So much so, that 1 in 5 adolescence are said to be affected by mental health issues (Black Dog Institute). It doesn’t take an expert to acknowledge that those statistics are extremely alarming. In addition, that statistic is likely to be even higher if you come from a community or group that is actively or formerly discriminated against. For example, Indigenous Australians. Men’s mental health is also significantly underrepresented in media, due to a very low percentage of men actually speaking up due to a number of reasons. In turn, leading to a very toxic cyclical pattern that is difficult to break. However, every individual has their own set of circumstances and mental heath is not discriminatory, and can affect absolutely anyone no matter the status, age, colour, creed or ethnicity.
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