Every day over 40 young Australians find out their mum or dad has cancer. The research released by CanTeen shows that these 40 young people are 6 times more likely to be at risk of mental health issues than their friends.
CanTeen is a national support organisation for 12 – 24 year olds who are living with cancer, and is the only organisation of its kind in Australia.
In response to this research, CanTeen is launching a national campaign designed to raise public awareness about the mental health issues that can arise in young people when dealing with a parent’s cancer.
Peter Orchard, CanTeen CEO: “This research clearly identifies the scale of mental health issues that are apparent in this group of young people. The findings speak for themselves – young people in society today are dealing with more life choices and pressures and adding a parent’s cancer to the mix significantly increases the risk of developing anxiety or depression.
The campaign, which was launched nationally on November 15, include radio, TV, cinema, online and print coverage.