Young People Worldwide Fear A Lack Of Economic Opportunities

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What is the one thing that makes young people everywhere the most anxious? According to the Global Youth Wellbeing Index, it’s a lack of future economic opportunities.

Data from both the OECD and the Youth Wellbeing Index show Australian youth have had it better than just about any other country’s young workforce, but their prospects are also not so rosy.

It’s clear that the millennial cohort has drawn a short straw compared to earlier generations. A large majority (85%) of the world’s youth are experiencing low levels of wellbeing, the index notes.

But they aren’t getting much sympathy: a virulent anti-millennial sentiment has led to their derision as “generation jobless”.

It’s also worth considering how the youth of Australia have fared and expect to fare – because while the verdict has historically been excellent, there are disparities masked by the glossy big picture.

What about Australian young people?

As ample survey data now shows, Australian youth are fretting about their prospects, with lower income growth, overqualification, employment instability and crowding out from many key domains such as housing; all these factors together portend a more stressed generation.

Perhaps no statistic captures this better than the fact that one-quarter of young Australians say they areunhappy with their lives.

Since the global financial crisis of 2008, the number of youth that are “neither in employment, education or training” (often called “NEET”) has actually risen by 1.4% to 11.8%. This equates to 580,000 young people.

Inequality in education tends to be a driver of inequality in employment. Young Australians who have only a Year 10 Certificate are more than three times as likely to be unemployed as those with tertiary education.

There is also a clear disparity by gender. Young women are 50% more likely to be stuck in a NEET situation than men. This is well above the OECD average of 36% for gender disparity.

The problem is particularly prevalent among young Australian women caring for infants. This is why a lack of access to affordable child care and flexible working arrangements are two significant barriers that must be addressed.

There is also a racial aspect to youth employment. Indigenous youth NEET rates are more than three times higher than those of non-indigenous Australians. Part of the challenge in this regard stems from the weak labour markets in remote and very remote regions.

These disparities are often masked when Australia’s impressive overall record is compared with other countries. However, as the Parliamentary Budget Office of Canada has calculated, the economic situation for youth can worsen dramatically in a short time. It did for Canada’s proportion of underemployed youth, which swelled from 35% to 40% in less than five years. So the overall record for Australia could change soon too.

Sadly, in terms of the fear of a bleak economic future, young Australians are not that different from their peers abroad.

A universal fear

Around the world, nearly half the youth are unemployed or underemployed, while more than 120 million youth are still illiterate. So it is difficult to overstate the universality of this problem.

Is this because youth employment has received the least focus? Unemployment has historically taken a back seat to other core priorities towards the young.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), for example, include the eradication of hunger, child mortality, illiteracy and disease – but there is no goal for unemployment or underemployment. It may be time to add another notch to these priorities, with a focus on developing strategies for engaging and employing youth.

The benefits if we achieved this goal are far from superficial. It is well documented that when youth are gainfully employed they are less likely to rely on social programs, less inclined to criminality, better engaged in civic life and better poised in their sense of personal wellbeing.

Usman W. Chohan is a Doctoral Candidate, Policy Reform and Economics, at UNSW Australia.

Originally published in The Conversation.

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Mary Didn’t Just Listen, She Acted: Pope Francis

Mary didn’t just listen, she acted, Pope Francis says

Through Mary, “we learn to open our hearts to obey God; in her self-denial, we see the importance of tending to the needs of others; in her tears, we find the strength to console those experiencing pain,” Pope Francis said Saturday, during a special jubilee weekend dedicated to Mary.

ROME – During a special Jubilee weekend dedicated to Mary, Pope Francis said Mary was not only Christ’s mother, but also his obedient disciple and a model of concrete service to others.

“Throughout her life, Mary did everything that the Church is asked to do in perennial memory of Christ,” the Pope said Oct. 8.

With her faith, “we learn to open our hearts to obey God; in her self-denial, we see the importance of tending to the needs of others; in her tears, we find the strength to console those experiencing pain.”

In each of these moments, Mary “expresses the wealth of divine mercy that reaches out to all in their daily need.”

Pope Francis spoke to thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square to celebrate a special Oct. 7-9 Marian Jubilee, which is part of the Pope’s larger Jubilee of Mercy.

The Marian Jubilee opened Oct. 7 with Mass in the Roman Basilica of Saint Mary Major. The Mass was followed by the recitation of the rosary in Saint Peter’s Square and the Prayer to the Queen of the Holy Rosary of Pompeii.

Adoration and confessions were then available until midnight in the parishes of Santa Maria in Valicella, also called “Chiesa Nuova,” and San Salvatore in Lauro.

Jubilee activities continued Saturday morning with a pilgrimage to the Holy Doors of the four Major Basilicas in Rome: St. Mary Major, St. Paul Outside the Wall, St. John Lateran and St. Peter’s.

Groups of various Marian delegations from national communities and shrines then participated in a special procession to St. Peter’s Square, where Pope Francis led pilgrims in praying the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary before delivering his address.

In his speech, the Pope noted how from the earliest centuries of the Church Mary has been invoked as the “Mother of Mercy,” explaining that the prayer of the rosary in many ways is a “synthesis of the history of God’s mercy, which becomes a history of salvation for all who let themselves be shaped by grace.”

By reflecting on the important moments in Jesus’ life, we see how his mercy is shown to everyone from all walks and stages of life, he said, adding that Mary always accompanies us on this journey, pointing us in the direction of her Son, “who radiates the very mercy of the Father.”

Mary guides us toward the path we are called to take “in order to be true disciples of Jesus,” he said, adding that in praying the rosary, we feel her closeness in each mystery and contemplate her role as “the first disciple of her Son, for she does the Father’s will.

Francis stressed that Mary can help teach us what it means to be a disciple of Christ, because while she was “eternally chosen to be his Mother,” she also learned how to be his disciple.

“Her first act was to listen to God,” he said, noting how she then obeyed the angel’s message and followed Jesus closely, “listening to every word that issued from his lips” and keeping them in her heart.

However, the Pope stressed, “it’s not enough simply to listen.” While this is the first step, it must be followed by concrete action.

“The disciple truly puts his life at the service of the Gospel,” he said, and, recalling Mary’s own actions, pointed to how after the Annunciation, Mary immediately went to her cousin Elizabeth to help her during her pregnancy.

Not only did she then give birth to the Son of God, but she also showed her concern for the young spouses in Cana by interceding for them. When Jesus was crucified on Golgotha, Mary “did not flee pain but stood beneath the cross of Jesus and, by his will, became the Mother of the Church.”

After Jesus rose from the dead, she then “encouraged the apostles assembled in the upper room as they awaited the Holy Spirit, who would make them fearless heralds of the Gospel,” Pope Francis said.

Francis closed his homily invoking Mary’s intercession, praying that she would be “a protection, help and blessing for us all the days of our life.”

“We fly to your protection, holy Mother of God. Scorn not our petitions in the hour of need. O glorious and blessed Virgin, deliver us always from every peril.

Celebrations for the Marian Jubilee will conclude Sunday with a special Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square.

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Young Workers More Prone To Stress Than Their Older Colleagues: Survey

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The 2015/2016 report found 45 per cent of Generation Xers, born from the early 1960s to mid 1970s, and 35 per cent of baby boomers, born during the post–World War II, are more affected by workplace stress than their older colleagues.

The study of 1,895 employees in the UK found that the top causes of workplace stress for Generation Y were inadequate staffing and low pay. A lack of work/life balance was also a major concern compared to baby boomers who listed company culture and excessive organisation change.
Rebekah Haymes, senior consultant at Willis Towers Watson said: “Work/life balance appears as a stronger stress driver for Generation Y employees, while the characteristics of the organisation play a more prominent role for older employees.”
The report also shows Generation Y are more worried about their finances than older workers with 65 per cent compared to 55 per cent of generation X workers and 38 per cent of baby boomers.
Haymes added: “In an environment with tight margins, employers cannot easily manage issues around low pay and staffing levels.  However, they can marshal resources and focus on providing guidance on stress management and coping strategies through their wellbeing programmes.”
Last year alone a record 17 million working days were lost, costing the economy at least £2.4billion, according to the UK Statistics Authority. This compares with 13.6 million days lost in 2014 and 15.2 million days during 2013.
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McDonald’s Praised For Their Treatment Of Workers

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Just 10 of McDonald’s 100,000 Australian workers were found to be underpaid over two years, prompting the workplace watchdog to laud the fast food giant’s compliance record.

Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James said her agency received just 33 requests for help from McDonald’s workers in the two years to June, with wages totalling $33,619 backpaid to the 10 workers.

Of the rest, 11 required no further action, nine complaints were not sustained, two were resolved without any payment, and a former employee’s complaint about a stolen mobile phone was referred to police.

McDonald’s Australia has been under scrutiny over its enterprise agreements with the shop assistants union that trade off penalty rates for higher base pay.

The union has denied claims by rivals that staff are being paid below award rates.

Documents filed recently by McDonald’s in the Fair Work Commission show almost 53,000 of its “crew members” were aged 14 to 17. They are paid “junior rates” ranging from 40 per cent to 60 per cent of the weekly wage applying to employees over 21.

Critics argue the pay deal with the union makes it easier for McDonald’s to meet its compliance requirements, but Ms James said the company should be commended for achieving “outstanding compliance rates”, given that
85 per cent of employees were younger than 22.

She will today tell the Franchising Council of Australia’s national convention that McDonald’s is staying “ahead of the curve” by publicly demonstrating its strong commitment to compliance.

In contrast to McDonald’s workers, she said young people were generally over-represented in complaints to her agency. One in every four requests for help came from a worker under 25. “So it’s an extraordinarily low number of McDonald’s employees who are raising concerns,” she said.

McDonald’s Australia director, Hayley Baxendale, said complying with legal obligations was essential to the company’s values. “As an employer of more than 100,000 people, and Australia’s largest employer of youth, we know we have a great responsibility to ensure our employees are being paid correctly with appropriate working conditions,” she said.


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Sexual Harassment An ‘Everyday Occurrence’ For Young Australian Workers

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Young women are being solicited for sex at work and face alarmingly high levels of sexual harassment and bullying from their supervisors, co-workers, customers and clients, new research reveals.

Surveys and interviews with 1000 Australian workers, aged 15 to 24, have found young women believe sexual harassment is “normalised” in their workplaces, and occurs on a daily basis with apparent impunity.

They say it is regularly treated by their employers as a “non-issue”.

The wide-ranging study, conducted to provide a snapshot of the workplace issues facing young Australians, found that 50 per cent of young people were experiencing some form of bullying and harassment on the job.

One in four young people reported being asked to do something at work that made them feel unsafe.
One in four young people reported being asked to do something at work that made them feel unsafe. Photo: Louie Douvis

“I feel that sexual harassment is so common at work that it isn’t treated as an issue,” a 23-year-old female gaming worker said.

“It’s a daily occurrence, and I would be pinpointed as sensitive if I felt uncomfortable by some of the vulgar comments made by customers daily.”


A young woman, 23, from New Zealand, said sexual harassment left her no choice but to quit her previous job in farm work.

She said many of her colleagues, who were in Australia on visas with work requirements, were subjected to the same sexual harassment but didn’t do anything about it.

The majority of workplace bullying and harassment comes from customers or clients.
The majority of workplace bullying and harassment comes from customers or clients. 

“I had to leave a job because of sexual harassment that my co-workers seemed to deem ‘part of the process’ of getting a second work visa’,” she said.

The troubling findings will be released at Friday’s Young Workers Conference with the Young Workers’ Centre, the Victorian government, and WorkSafe Victoria.

The majority of workplace bullying and harassment (32 per cent) came from customers or clients, according to the report.

Almost one in five experienced bullying or harassment from a boss or supervisor and almost one in five from a co-worker.

I would be pinpointed as sensitive if I felt uncomfortable by some of the vulgar comments made by customers daily.

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One in seven young people (15 per cent) cited more than one of these offender categories.

And when it came to workplace safety concerns, one in four young people reported being asked to do something at work that made them feel unsafe. Most said they “did it anyway”.

The Young Workers Centre said some of the stories uncovered through the study were “outrageous and shocking”.

“Young women being solicited for sex at work, being advised to simply ‘wear long pants’ to prevent serious burns from dangerous work equipment, or paying for medical costs for workplace injuries out of their own pocket,” a spokeswoman said.

“The common thread to this … is a widespread fear of retribution fo raising health or safety issues in the workplace. Young workers worried they would be targeted as troublemakers and lose shifts or the jobs entirely.”

Among the report’s key recommendations are for workplace bullying and health and safety training to be made mandatory in high schools for students in year 10 and above, and for sexual harassment to be “specifically defined and recognised” as a workplace safety issue by WorkSafe Victoria.

It also recommends the creation of an online platform – such as Trip Advisor – where users would be able to anonymously rate their experiences with businesses as recruitment candidates or as employees.


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Work-Life Balance Top Of Young People’s Worries

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Thin-skinned young employees are much more likely to be hit by workplace stress than tough older colleagues, with junior staff most likely to worry about work-life balance, according to a new study.

Research by consultancy Willis Towers Watson found that 50pc of so-called “Generation Y” – those aged 16 to 35 – reported “heightened stress” at work.

This compares with 44pc of “Generation X” – those aged 36 to 51 – while just 35pc of the more robust Baby Boomer generation aged 52 to 70  said they were stressed.


Of the almost 2,000 people surveyed, all three generations agreed the top causes of workplace worries were lack of staff, followed by low salaries and small pay rises.

However, opinions were split on the next biggest cause. Younger workers put greater emphasis on how their jobs affect their time away from the office, with 69pc of Generation Y listing work-life balance as the next biggest worry.

Some 58pc of Generation X say it is major concern, placing it fifth in their list of stress inducers.

By comparison, work-life balance does not even make the top five concerns for Baby Boomers, who are more worried about the culture of their company and excessive corporate change.

Work/life balance is a much bigger concern for younger workers CREDIT: ALAMY

Rebekah Haymes, senior consultant at Willis Towers Watson, said: “Work-life balance appears as a stronger stress driver for Generation Y employees, while the characteristics of the organisation play a more prominent role for older employees.”

Despite pay being the top concern across the board, the research also found that younger staff have greater worries about their finances than older colleagues, with 64pc of Generation Y saying it is problem, 55pc of Generation X, but just 38pc of Baby Boomers.

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Relative levels of concern about finances among the different generations

But it is not the money in their wallets at the moment that is the biggest source of angst for the youngest workers; just 20pc of them say they are currently struggling to get by now. Instead long-term finances are a bigger concern as they see property prices rising further out of reach and ponder how they will finance retirement.

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Buying a house is increasingly seen as unaffordable by the younger generations CREDIT:ALAMY

The findings were backed up by similar research from Investec. This suggested that 37pc of ‘millennials’ – defined as those who hit working age around the year 2000 – said they preferred to spend their money enjoying themselves now rather than saving for the future. Investec said that just a fifth of over-55s have the same attitude.

Declining interest in salting away money cannot be blamed on record low interest rates, with two-thirds of millennials saying this had no impact on their behaviour.

Instead, a whopping 88pc of workers aged under 35 said the high cost of living was to blame, meaning they have little left over to save.

Other depressing insights from the millennial age group uncovered by Investec include:

  • a fifth of them think they will never clear their debts
  • almost four out of 10 described house prices as “unaffordable”
  • a third said repaying debts built up at university makes saving almost impossible
  • almost half said today’s “buy now, pay later” culture had caused the decline in the popularity of saving.

Chris Aitken, head of financial planning at Investec Wealth & Investment, said: “The culture of thrift has declined in recent years among young people because they have become more reliant on debt to finance their lifestyles.

“University fees mean that debt is part and parcel of many young peoples’ lives long before they contemplate taking on a mortgage and it’s easy to understand why so many millennials don’t see the point of saving for one. There’s a danger that this mindset becomes fixed for life.”


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Are You Stressed Out By Smartphones?

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Smartphones have become an essential part of Americans’ lives. According to a new Vox/Morning Consult poll, 78 percent of American adults have smartphones — the vast majority of them either iPhones or running Google’s Android. The survey, conducted in late September, provides a detailed look at how Americans use their phones and how they feel about them.

Unsurprisingly, young people are the most enthusiastic adopters of smartphones and use the widest range of apps. Some apps — like Snapchat and Instagram — are still used almost entirely by younger users. Others, especially Facebook, are becoming practically universal; even among Americans over 65, more use Facebook than not.

One of the most interesting findings was the love-hate relationship many of us — especially young people — have with our phones. Young people are the heaviest cellphone users. They’re also the most likely to be stressed out about the constant distraction and the resulting toll it can take on face-to-face relationships. About half of young adults regularly turn off their phones to salvage some uninterrupted personal time. Nevertheless, people overwhelmingly say that the benefits of smartphone ownership more than make up for the extra stress.

Smartphones stress us out, but we love them anyway

The survey showed significant differences in the way different generations used their smartphones. Unsurprisingly, smartphone use is far more common among the young. Among those ages 18 to 29, 92 percent own a smartphone. That compares with just 54 percent of those over 65.

 Interestingly, black and Hispanic users own smartphones at higher rates (89 and 82 percent, respectively) than white people (77 percent). This may be a reflection of the fact that white people are older, on average, than minorities.

More than 90 percent of those under 45 said that a smartphone helps them stay in touch with friends and family and keep up with current events. Still, many young people have mixed feelings about their phones.

A slight majority of those under 45 say they agree with the statement “the ability to be constantly connected to the internet with a smartphone can make me feel stressed out.” In contrast, only a quarter of those over 65 agreed with the statement. Seventy-eight percent of people under 30 found the constant connectivity of their smartphones distracting.

Smartphone users of all ages regularly turn off their smartphones to avoid distractions. Forty-three percent of those under 30 and 52 percent of those over 65 say they do this multiple times per week.

Still, people — young and old — overwhelmingly said smartphones were worth the stress. Sixty-four percent said that smartphones were “a good thing because it helps me stay in touch with friends, family, and current events,” while only 14 percent said that it was “a bad thing because it makes me feel stressed and distracted.”

Sixty-two percent of respondents under 30 said that they prefer to communicate with friends and family by text message or email rather than phone calls, compared with 34 percent who preferred phone calls. People 65 and over see things very differently: 73 percent say they prefer phone calls, while just 20 percent are on the texting bandwagon.

Google is winning the overall market; Apple is winning rich people

The survey found that 78 percent of respondents have a smartphone, and of these, 59 percent were Android phones. Apple accounted for 36 percent, with Windows Phones at a paltry 2 percent and BlackBerry phones below 1 percent.

Google and Apple have pursued different business models. The iPhone is designed as a premium product, with a price to match. And this is reflected in our survey results. Among those making more than $100,000 per year, a slight plurality — 50 percent to 46 percent — use iPhones. Among those making less than $50,000, in contrast, Android has 65 percent market share, compared with just 29 percent for the iPhone.

Almost half of those with college degrees have iPhones, compared with just 31 percent of those with less than a college degree. While iPhones are most popular in the affluent Northeast region of the country, Android phones sell best among Midwesterners.

Apple’s popularity among affluent customers is a big reason the company is so profitable. Cutthroat competition among Android smartphone makers has made profit margins in the Android market razor-thin. Apple, in contrast, is the only company making an iOS-based phone, so it’s able to charge a healthy premium for the iPhone.

Facebook is way more popular than other apps

Overall, Facebook is vastly more popular than any other mobile app we asked about, with 60 percent reporting they use the app daily and just 18 percent saying they never use it. Other apps like Instagram (18 percent), Twitter (15 percent), and Snapchat (15 percent) were far behind. Women are heavier users of Facebook, with 66 percent reporting they use the app daily, compared with 54 percent of men.

Instagram and Snapchat are hugely popular among the youngest users. Half of those under 30 use Instagram multiple times per week, and the same is true of Snapchat. Among those under 65, only 3 percent use Instagram at least a few times a week, while just 1 percent are regular Snapchat users. In contrast, Facebook is popular among older Americans, with 52 percent of those over 65 using it multiple times per week.

We asked about three popular games: Angry Birds, Candy Crush, and Pokémon Go. Candy Crush was the most popular, with an impressive 22 percent of all smartphone users saying they play it at least a few times per week. That compares with 17 percent playing Pokémon Go multiple times per week and 13 percent playing Angry Birds.

Several app categories have received a lot of attention in the technology press but have yet to reach ordinary users. Seventy-seven percent of respondents say they never use food delivery apps like Seamless or GrubHub; 84 percent have never used the payment app Venmo or the business messaging app Slack (10 percent use Slack at least a few times a week).

Younger people are more likely to pay for apps or in-app content, though only about a third of those under 30 say they do so at least a few times a month. Only 5 percent of those over 65 do so.


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Young People Delay Getting Mental Health Treatment, “can’t be helped”

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Half of young people wait six months before getting treatment for mental health issues, new research released by Headspace has revealed.

The study, undertaken in 2015, asked over 2,200 young Australians between the ages of 12 to 25 why they weren’t seeking help when they needed it.

Close to 50 per cent said money was an issue, while almost 45 per cent said they believed they could not be helped.

Despite efforts to break down the stigma of mental health, more than half of young people said they were worried about what others would think of them if they got professional help.

The National Health and Medical Research Council funded the research, which was undertaken in partnership between Headspace and Orygen Youth Health Research at the University of Melbourne.

Federal health minister Sussan Ley told Hack the statistics are a concern.

“Those statistics concern me, of course they do,” she said.

“What we know is the key is to intervene early and that’s what the Headspace model is based upon.

Sophie Hope, 24, waited years before she was diagnosed for her “multiple” mental health issues.

“I definitely started showing some pretty bad symptoms for about five or six years prior to that diagnosis and seeking help,” she told Hack.

“At first I just wasn’t aware that what I was experiencing was anything different to what other people were experiencing. It was distressing and I felt like I was suffering but… I wasn’t aware mental health issues were a thing.

“When I did hear things talked about it was in movies or media or among people and they would say ‘crazy’ and ‘mad’… so that was pretty off putting with all the stigma.”

Sophie, who is now a youth advocate on Headspace’s national reference group, says she didn’t have enough information about what mental health treatment involves.

“I didn’t know if (psychologists) were going to betray my confidence and tell everyone everything…or if they could actually help me. I suppose I had a lot of questions, and no answers.

Sophie says she tried several psychologists before she got the help she needed.

But despite the difficulty of finding the right help, Sophie says it is worth it to keep trying until you do.

“I do think it is really important to seek help… I understand how many barriers (people) might feel can be in the way. But once you find a good clinician or somebody who can really help you it’s absolutely worth it and it can be life changing. I feel like it saved my life in many ways.

“Keep persisting. I know that can be really exhausting as well. If you try one and it’s bad just remember there are still good ones out there, keep trying.”

How big is the problem?

Every year, a quarter of all young Australians deal with mental health problems. Every day, seven people kill themselves in this country. Suicide is the biggest killer of young people.

Before the election, Psychiatrist and former Australian of the Year Professor Patrick McGorry called on politicians on both sides to prioritise mental health spending.

“We’re spending something like seven per cent of the health burden on a problem that’s 13 per cent of the health burden” he told Hack at the time.

“But if you look at people in the prime of life it’s more like 35-40 per cent of the health burden.”

“We’re trashing whole generations by not looking after them properly.”

What is the government doing about suicide?

Last year, the government announced changes to mental health funding, following a review by the National Mental Health Commission.

There was no new money announced at the time, but $350 million of existing funds were reallocated from Canberra, to localised primary health networks (PHNs).

The PHNs are responsible for commissioning mental health services, and other health services, locally.

The Government also announced a digital gateway to services and a “stepped care” model to give people different levels of care depending on their needs. The idea was that people with severe or complex mental health issues wouldn’t be limited to 10 Medicare-subsidised counselling sessions.

Election promises

Federal health minister Sussan Ley told Hack today that youth mental health is a priority for the government.

“The additional $192 million in new money that was allocated to mental health, much of it to youth mental health, during the campaign, underlines the Turnbull government’s determination in this area,” she said.

Before the election, the Coalition committed $20 million to 10 new Headspace centres, bringing the total number to 110 by 2019.

There was also bipartisan support for implementing the National Suicide Prevention Strategy, which includes refocused efforts to prevent suicide in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, national leadership, crisis support services and a commitment to give follow up support to people who have tried to take their life or have self harmed.

Twelve suicide prevention pilot programs will trial a “systems approach” which basically means working at many levels within the community to bring the suicide rate down. This could include changes in policy, treatment, awareness campaigns and screenings of at risk groups.

One of these pilots will run in the Kimberley in Western Australia, where suicide rates are seven times the national average.

‘There’s still a long way to go’

The Chief Scientific Officer for Headspace, Professor Debra Rickwood, told Hack more funding is needed to provide adequate care to all young people who need it.

“We’ve made some great starts but there is still a long way to go. We’d like to be in a situation where every young person, no matter where they are, has access to mental health services and all sorts of appropriate supports for their mental health but that they have it quickly, that they don’t have to wait for too long to get access to services.

“When a young person is ready to seek help, if you aren’t able to provide support to them quite quickly, sometimes you miss that opportunity,” she said.

Waiting times at Headspaces around the country vary, according to Professor Rickwood.

“We do try to keep it down to under two weeks but certainly the busy centres and the areas where there’s significant demand… there is a considerable wait time,” she said.

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9 Secrets Every Young Person Should Know

After Brian Wong skipped four years of school and graduated college at age 18, he co-founded a company that would receive more than $32 million in venture capital funding and land clients like McDonald’s andPepsi.

 The now 25-year-old CEO and start-up co-founder of mobile advertising app Kiip fast-tracked his way to success. And he wants to help you do the same.

In his new book, “The Cheat Code,” Wong shares over 70 “cheats” to getting more out of your career and life. CNBC highlighted nine of his tips below.


Brian Wong, co-founder and CEO of Kiip.

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Brian Wong, co-founder and CEO of Kiip.

1. Learn how to compartmentalize

If you’re dealing with personal problems or stresses, leave it at home, Wong says.

“If your boyfriend dumps you, somebody steals your credit cards, and your best friend is the reason your boyfriend dumped you, show up [for work] like it never happened,” he writes.

“Walk it off.”

2. Stomp out fear

For this CEO, addressing your fears head on is the only way to become the best version of yourself.

“Don’t be afraid of what you can’t do,” he writes. “Appreciate what you’ve got — which is, by the way, more than most people have had since the dawn of civilization — and go from there.”

If you’re facing a tough meeting or a difficult interview, Wong recommends taking a minute to ask yourself, “What’s the worst thing that can happen?”

3. Pitch yourself

Business is always personal, the CEO says.

“Your goal should be to get people to invest in you, not your project,” he writes.

4. Know your strengths

“No matter who you are or what you do in life, you have a superpower — and by that I mean something you do far better than most people,” Wong says. “If you’re not using it, you’re crazy.”

Take some time and figure out what your strengths are, or ask someone close to you, Wong recommends.

5. Tune out

If emails, texts and social media posts stress you out, you’re not alone.

“This information overload is causing short-term memory loss, higher stress and worse health,” he writes. “Stop trying to be in touch with everybody all the time.”

Instead, leave the phone at your desk or resist the urge to post on social media.

“Don’t feel like you’ve got to notify the world every time you have lunch.”

6. Stop comparing yourself to others

“It’s a waste of time to compare yourself to the upper echelon of the whole world,” he says. “You’ll always lose and when you do, you’ll feel like a loser.”

The CEO recommends instead that young people focus on improving themselves.

“If you can be a better you every day, you can win the race.”

7. Present yourself in the best way possible

“Like it or not, presentation matters,” he writes. “Your brand is only as good as its presentation: how it looks, sounds and feels.”

And it’s not just the way you present yourself. You should also be thoughtful about how you present your work to your boss, Wong writes.

8. Get out more

Get out from behind your computer screen, the CEO says. There’s no substitute for meeting people and gaining new experiences.

“It’s easier, of course, to stay in the comfort of your own cocoon,” Wong says. “But to fully understand the world, you have to get out and be in the world.”

“When you suck it up and hit the road, your worldview grows — and with it, your consciousness.”

9. Go to museums

To get inspired about your career and your life, Wong recommends surrounding yourself by art and history.

“Museums are one of the greatest cheats of humankind,” he writes. “They’re specifically designed to cut to the core of greatness.”

The young CEO says that it’s his favorite recreational activity.

“It’s inspiring, if you let it be.”

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Pope Francis Quotes For Unjust Situations

“We can find no social or moral justification, no justification whatsoever, for lack of housing. There are many unjust situations, but we know that God is suffering with us, experiencing them at our side. He does not abandon us. We know that Jesus wanted to show solidarity with every person. He wanted everyone to experience His companionship, His help, His love. He identified with all those who suffer, who weep, who suffer any kind of injustice. He tells us this clearly: ‘I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger and you welcomed me.’”

— Meeting with homeless at center for health and education at St. Patrick parish, Washington, D.C., Sept. 25, 2015

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