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26 Nov. 2019

Mission Australia Youth Survey Results Northern Territory

Mission Australia released the Youth Survey Results Tuesday. The Northern Territory had 318 young people between the ages of 15-19 complete the survey, 86 identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and 31% identified as speaking a lanugage other than English at home.

Of those surveyed, young people identified the top four barriers to achieving their work/study goals. Those top four barriers were mental health, academic ability, where you live, and financial difficulty.

The top two issues of personal concern for NT respondents were coping with stress, school/study problems. Young people interestingly said they were least concerned about drugs, LGBTIQ issues, alcohol and gambling. They did say one of the biggest issues in Australia (28%) is alcohol and other drugs. 

Of the respondents, 75% said they had been bullied verbally in the past 12 months and 58% experienced social bullying. Young people surveyed identified "ignoring it" as the best way to deal with bullying while the least popular option with seeking help from a support person (14%). 

The most common place young people seek support is from their freinds, family or guardian. The least likely option as identified by the respondents in the NT was accessing a community service and social media.

54% of young people also identified their voice on important issues in public affairs is listened to "none of the time."

If you would like to read the entire report, please click here.

If you are concerned about a drug and alcohol problem, please call Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) 1800 351 350 any time seven days a week or visit your local provider.