GAME ON! & Hello Sunday Morning

Have you heard? HELLOSUNDAYMORNING is making a change – one Sunday morning at a time! A movement promoting change – small changes or big changes but nonetheless a change in peoples lives regarding their relationship with alcohol. One member of IIOY has just signed up! We will keep you posted! Watch the intro to this very cool movement below.

An exciting report by the Young and Well CRC (in partnership with the Brain & Mind Research Institute, Black Dog Institute, Beyond Blue and Movember Foundation) focusing on young males aged between 16 to 25 years and the use of technology was released in July this year. Interestingly however not surprisingly, the use of technology in young people between 2008 and 2012 has increased dramatically with checking emails (2008 showed 13.4% to 2012 93.9%) and accessing social networks (2008 31.5% to 2012 92.7%) being the two most common ways young people use the internet. Below, are some key pointsIIOY has found interesting:

“Using a search engine (as opposed to accessing a specific site) was the most popular way to find information for a mental health, alcohol or other substance use problem in both surveys…”

 

“When asked how long a health problem needs to be present before a young person should seek help, two–thirds (66%) of young men responded ‘less than one month’ for a mental health problem; and 60% ‘less than one month’ for an alcohol or other substance use problem…”

 

“Young men with ‘moderate’ to ‘very high’ psychological distress were significantly more likely to have talked about their problems on the internet with other young people (23% vs 44%)”postquote1

Of the 13 recommendations, 7 and 11 really stood out us here at IIOY.

  • 7. Professional development should be provided to school counsellors, psychologists and chaplains to use online resources and tools.

Rationale
Less than one in four participants in this survey would recommend professional support, either face–to–face or online, yet information on health and mental health on the internet was acceptable to young men.

  • 11. Campaigns for young men should be delivered in the social networks they frequent and focus on changing attitudes to help–seeking, stress management, alcohol or other substance misuse, bullying and violence and body image. These campaigns must be developed in partnership with young men.

Rationale
Participants in this survey used social networking services such as Facebook and Twitter and both uploaded and downloaded digital content. Participants recognised alcohol or other substance misuse and mental health as the major health problems affecting young people aged 16 to 25 years. They understood when such problems began; their beliefs regarding when to seek help were accurate; and they reported feeling confident that they could get help for a close friend or family member. Coping with stress was the biggest issue facing young men, with almost 50% reporting stress as their main concern. One in four young men were concerned about depression (27%) and body image (26%) and 41% of young men felt concerned about their physical appearance on a daily basis. This suggests campaigns need to focus more on behaviour change and less on either awareness or knowledge. This should include practical solutions to managing stress, getting the right help at the right time and taking appropriate steps to help–seeking.          

Follow this link to download the full report.

What could this report do for anyone involved in working with young people, particularly young men? Perhaps apps for portable devices or online counselling links could be added to your resources for young people? Do you use platforms like Facebook and Twitter to reach your audience? If not, why not? The above report has just touched on how important it is to our young men.

Have a brilliant day – IIOY Crew.

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