Stigma still preventing teens seeking help with depression

NEW figures show four out of five Australian teens think people their age may not seek support for depression and anxiety because they are afraid of what others will think of them.

The figures from a survey of 600 teenagers between 13-17 years old also showed two out of five people thought teens might not seek support for depression because they believed nothing could help them.

Depression advocacy group beyondblue has launched a campaign encouraging teens to take action if they are experiencing depression or anxiety.

The group's chairman Jeff Kennett said the campaign was desperately needed to break down the embarrassment that prevented too many young people from seeking support.

"It's a shocking fact that suicide remains the biggest killer of young Australians every year," he said.

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures showed 350 young people aged between 15 and 24 committed suicide in 2013.

"This is nearly one death a day," Mr Kennett said.

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