In 2017, for the first time in the survey’s history, young people identified mental health as the most important issue in Australia today. Concerns about mental health have doubled since 2015 and tripled since 2011. Other top issues of national concern included alcohol and drugs and equity and discrimination.
Young people continue to nominate coping with stress, school or study problems and body image as their top three issues of personal concern. This has remained consistent over the past 5 years.