In the latest youth mental health report from Mission Australia and the Black Dog Institute, they found that psychological distress among young people has risen 5.5 percent in the past seven years. The reasons for this are relatively unknown and has researchers asking, ‘why?’

In 2018, 30% of young women aged 15–19 experienced psychological distress (this statistic has risen 7.5 per cent since 2012).

The rate of young men experiencing psychological distress also rose in this time from 12.7% in 2012, to 15.6% in 2018.

More than 75 per cent of mental health issues are developed before the age of 25 (Mission Australia, 2019).

Suicide remains the leading cause of death of Australians aged between 15 and 44, and for every death by suicide it is estimated that as many as 30 people attempt to end their lives.

Western Australia has the 3rd highest deaths by suicide in Australia. This is now higher than deaths by motor vehicles.


  • Increase active participation in the outdoors, to improve mental health
  • Increase partnerships between industries and organisations to facilitate an integrated approach to health and wellbeing, in the outdoors
  • Provide and facilitate opportunities for capacity building, through a wide variety of events, activities, workshops.
  • Empower youth to adopt and maintain healthy behaviours
  • Provide opportunities to create healthy environments
  • Support and promote evidenced based initiatives to deliver positive health outcomes
  • Reduce the incidence of mental illness and suicide in Western Australia