In the past 14 years, there has been a 72% increase in the rate of depression among Australian young adults. Adrian Munro, from Richmond Wellbeing, joined Bec and Jeziel to help raise awareness of the mental health issues our younger generation is facing.
It is a common misconception that the pandemic and lockdowns caused these numbers to increase, or that our awareness of mental health issues has led to more diagnoses. But Adrian says this is not the case. “All the evidence and research says, yes, we are talking about it more, but there are more young people experiencing depression than there was 10, 20 years ago.“
Several factors can cause depression, such as poor diet, poor sleep, lack of exercise, lack of social connection, and too much screen time. “If you look at young children watching lots of time on their screen without any control from parents it promotes social isolation. This life on screens that is not real impacts their sleep.”
If you are worried about your child it is worth investigating. If you are concerned about their social media and screen time usage encourage them to get outdoors. “What we do in our household is that we’ve got three kids, they have lots of sport after school. We’ve got a pool, a trampoline, all the sporting things imaginable. We are being intentional to get the kids outside”