Resilient Youth data definitive measure of mental health for Australians

The Resilience Survey dataset is now the definitive measure of mental health for Australians aged 8-18.

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A key insight that we have drawn from the data is the powerful link between resilience (wellbeing) and learning engagement – evidenced in the relationship between both mental health and bullying with engagement in learning.

This insight has been a major motivator for the development of our 'Relationships and Bullying Survey' (due 2019).

RESILIENCE SURVEY

Total number of Resilience Survey responses 2013-2018 (end July): 239,716

Total number of Resilience Survey responses 2018 only (end July): 45,118

MENTAL HEALTH

Between 2015 and 2018, the percentage of Australian primary school students with a mental health issue fell from 26.2% to 24.0%.

Between 2015 and 2017, the percentage of Australian secondary school students with mental health issues rose from 37.3% to 39.7%.

BULLYING

1 in 5 Australian primary school students surveyed have been bullied 3+ times at school in the last 12 months.

1 in 7 Australian secondary school students surveyed have been bullied 3+ times at school in the last 12 months. 

Australian primary school students surveyed who have been bullied 3+ times at school in the last 12 months are 1.5 times more likely to be disengaged from learning than those who have not.

Australian secondary school students surveyed who have been bullied 3+ times at school in the last 12 months are 1.5 times more likely to be disengaged from learning than those who have not. 

SLEEP

1 in 4 Australian primary school students is losing sleep through worry.

1 in 3 Australian secondary school students is losing sleep through worry.

LEARNERS MINDSET

Australian primary school students surveyed with a mental health issue are 2.4 times more likely to be disengaged from learning.

Australian secondary school students surveyed with a mental health issue are 1.7 times more likely to be disengaged from learning.

Australian primary and secondary school students who are bullied are 1.4 times more likely to be disengaged from learning.

64.8% of Australian primary school students report that they can find a way, even when other quit.

56.1% of Australian secondary school students report that they can find a way, even when other quit.

PHONE USE

1 in 7 Australian primary students surveyed had used their phone to send or receive calls or texts between 10pm and 6am three or more times in the previous week.

1 in 3 Australian secondary students surveyed had used their phone to send or receive calls or texts between 10pm and 6am three or more times in the previous week.

FEELING GOOD, OPTIMISTIC

77.8% of Australian primary students surveyed said they felt good about their future 'very or often' or 'extremely or almost always'.

62.2% of Australian secondary students surveyed said they felt good about their future 'very or often' or 'extremely or almost always'. 

ACCEPTING OTHER PEOPLE

89.8% of Australian primary students surveyed said they accept people who are different from them 'very or often' or 'extremely or almost always'.

89.8% of Australian secondary students surveyed said they accept people who are different from them 'very or often' or 'extremely or almost always'.

CONFIDENCE

1 in 2 (1.94) Australian primary students surveyed say they have 'not at all' been recently losing confidence in themselves.

1 in 3 (2.96) Australian secondary students surveyed say they have 'not at all' been recently losing confidence in themselves.

 

For further information, please contact: 

Dr Andrew Wicking

andrew.w@resileintyouth.org.au

Andrew Wicking