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Depression and Anxiety

Four out of five Aussie teens are too afraid to seek help for depression and anxiety... And that's not OK.

Depression and anxiety statistics

Nobody is happy 100% of the time, but if you're feeling down more than you're feeling fine, then it's time to ask for help. But if you're feeling nervous about speaking to someone, you're not alone - a new study by beyondblue revealed that out of 600 young people aged 13-17, four out of five of them were too afraid to ask for help with their depression and anxiety.

An even scarier statistic is that two out of five said they wouldn't seek help because they think nothing can help them.

Suicide is the biggest killer of young Australians - in 2013 350 Aussies aged 15-24 ended their own lives. That's almost one a day. And that's 350 too many.

beyondblue have made some videos to explain symptoms of depression and anxiety a bit more. It's basically your brain acting up and not working how it should.

"Unfortunately, too many young people hesitate to speak up when they are struggling, often because they are worried how others will perceive them," beyondblue chairman Jeff Kennett said, "This campaign aims to show teenagers that experiencing depression or anxiety doesn't mean they are weak or weird, it simply means that their mind is giving them a hard time, but there’s something they can do about it."

These days, everybody's a lot more open about depression and anxiety, with celebs like Demi Lovato, Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart all opening up about their issues. And if they can tell a gazillion people that they're feeling low, then please let that help you find the courage to tell one person. Even if that one person is a support worker at beyondblue...

We believe in you. And you deserve to feel better.

If you feel like you need to talk or get some info, call the beyondblue Support Service 24/7 - 1300 22 4636 or go to beyondblue's website to chat online (3PM-midnight AEST) or email.