A new report released today is calling for swift action on reducing the prevalence of mental ill-health experienced by younger people.

A joint report by Mission Australia and the Black Dog Institute found that one in four people between the ages of 15 and 19 meet the criteria for experiencing psychological distress.

That number is even higher for First Nations people with one in three Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander respondents experiencing distress.

It’s based on the responses of 25,103 young people who took part in a survey by Mission Australia in 2020.

Mission Australia CEO James Toomey says related stigmas play a part in young people not seeking help.

He says governments need to talk to youth about the services they need.