Kids ‘worry about worrying’

Sun 11 October 15

Efforts to destigmatise mental illness may have inadvertently led to some young people “worrying about worrying” to a concerning and unhealthy extent, a leading expert believes. The warning comes as results are released from the largest-ever survey of children about their mental health challenges, which found one-in-four worry about their futures “all of the time”. The Kids Happiness Survey, conducted by the ABC’s youth current affairs show Behind The News, questioned 20,000 children aged between six and 16 on a variety of issues. Kirrilie Smout, child psychologist and director of the practice Developing Minds, said the most concerning finding was that 17 per cent of kids struggling with negative emotions prefer not to talk to anyone about it — not Click here to continue reading.

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