The Mental health of children and adolescents

Report on the second Australian Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Page last updated: August 2015

Date of publication: August 2015

Word version: The mental health of children and adolescents (Word 3703 KB large file)

PDF version: The mental health of children and adolescents (PDF 1931 KB large file)

The same publication in smaller sections:

Cover pages (PDF 224 KB)
Highlights (PDF 684 KB large file)
Part 1 - Introduction (PDF 92 KB)
Part 2 - Prevalence of mental disorders in children and adolescents (PDF 338 KB)
Part 3 - Service use (PDF 250 KB)
Part 4 - What adolescents told us (PDF 250 KB)
Part 5 - Changes over time (PDF 94 KB)
Part 6 - Appendices (PDF 244 KB)
Part 7 - Supplementary tables (PDF 366 KB)

Young Minds Matter, the Mental Health of Children and Adolescents Survey, is the largest national survey examining the mental health and wellbeing of Australian children and adolescents and was supported by funding from the Australian Government.

The first similar survey was conducted between 1998 and 2000 and was instrumental in identifying needs and shaping and developing Australia's support services in the key area of adolescent and child mental health.

The second survey, conducted between 2013 and 2014, involved interviews with more than 6,000 Australian families, and examined the emotional and behavioural development of children and young people aged between 4 and 17 years.

The survey report addresses:

  • prevalence of a range of mental disorders
  • service use
  • what adolescents told us and
  • changes over time.
The authors of The Mental Health of Children and Adolescents (The University of Western Australia) have created an interactive website of the survey results to complement the report. The site hosts a collection of aggregated data tables which can be interrogated through the web interface. This complementary website will allow people such as researchers, policy makers or advocates to have a wider choice in accessing the survey data.

Young Minds Matter website

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