Mission Australia is calling for young people in Tasmania to complete its Youth Survey before it closes in a few weeks.

For 20 years, the largest survey of its kind has been the barometer of what young people are experiencing, thinking and feeling. Mission Australia State Director Mychelle Curran  tells Dave  Last year, 25,800 young people participated in the survey including 739 in Tasmania,and its hoped even more will be a part this year..

The Youth Survey 2020 was completed by more than 25,800 young people aged between 15 and 19 years, including 739 young people in Tasmania. Last year, young people from Tasmania nominated the environmentequity and discrimination and mental health as the most important issues facing Australia today.

More than four in 10 young people from Tasmania named the environment as the most important issue in Australia today.

The top three issues of personal concern for young people from Tasmania were coping with stressmental health and school or study problems. Close to half of respondents from Tasmania indicated they were extremely or very concerned about coping with stress.

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Mission Australia State Director Mychelle Curran said the survey plays a critical role in understanding what many young people are thinking.

“In 2021 as the impacts of COVID-19 become clearer, it is important for Tasmania’s young people to express their aspirations, issues and concerns,” she said.

This year’s Youth Survey includes focus questions to reveal insights into young people’s housing situation, disability and experiences of discrimination, along with new questions to better understand the impact of COVID-19 and stress management.

“Young people have endured a lot during the past 18 months, including disruptions to their education, facing fresh barriers to employment, housing instability and unaffordability, mental health challenges and natural disasters,” Ms Curran said.

“The results provide invaluable insights and an important source of information frequently cited by organisations and governments, and often tapped into by families and individuals to develop a picture of what our young people are thinking and experiencing.”

For those who would like to have their say, time is running out – Mission Australia’s Youth Survey 2021 is open until 9th August to all young people aged 15-19 years-old who are living in Australia.

It only takes 20 minutes to complete, with results expected to be released in early December.

“We are calling on the community to help us spread the word – whether that’s sports teams, youth groups, schools or churches. Encourage your young people to jump on the Mission Australia website, fill out the survey and tell us how they are feeling”, said Ms Curran.

To take part in the survey, visit www.missionaustralia.com.au/youthsurvey. Share the word using #YouthSurvey2021