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Boys help seeking behaviour

In 2021, yourtown conducted a survey as part of our research work with Swinburne University students, to explore issues faced by young males (aged 12-18), their coping strategies and help seeking behaviour for their mental health and wellbeing. This summary provides more detail than the previous snapshot summary. 

We received just over 2,500 responses. Some of the key insights include:

  • Before reaching out to a mental health professional, young males turn to their friends, followed by their mother, partner, then father

  • Barriers to young males seeking help include: stigma and judgement; not feeling supported by those around them; being perceived as weak; not feeling their issues were serious enough; negative previous experiences with services; lack of knowledge around mental health and wellbeing

  • The older teenage cohort (aged 16-18) were more likely to seek help for personal or emotional problems than the younger teenage cohort (aged 12-15)

  • The younger teenage cohort were more likely to engage in activities with social connections as a coping strategy compared to the older teenage cohort



(Source: yourtown)