Beyondblue Chairman, Jeff Kennett. Photo:Barry Leddicoat 173515f
Beyondblue Chairman, Jeff Kennett. Photo:Barry Leddicoat 173515f Barry Leddicoat/173515

Letters: Beyond Blue launches new online campaign for teens

Letters: I AM writing to let parents know that beyondblue has just released a new campaign aimed at teenagers.

It's called Brains can have a mind of their own and it's designed specifically to cut through the crowded social media space and grab the attention of young people.

The message is that brains are weird.

They can keep you awake at night, stop you going out, make it hard for you to concentrate and keep you on edge.

Several short videos encourage young people to go to http://www.youthbeyondblue.com to find out why their brain is making their life difficult and where they can go for help.

We also have information for parents about how to recognise signs of depression and anxiety, and how to talk to their adolescent children about issues that may be bothering them.

It's a sad fact that despite the efforts of many organisations like beyondblue, headspace and Batyr, young people continue to take their lives.

In fact, latest figures show that 350 young people aged 15 to 24 died by suicide in 2013.

That is 350 too many.

If you need more advice or just someone to talk to about your concerns, please call the beyondblue Support Service 1300 224 636 which is staffed by mental health professionals 24/7 - or you or your child can chat live online with staff between 3pm and midnight AEST at http://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support.

JEFF KENNETT

Chairman, Beyond Blue