David Wood talks with Headspace Head of Direct Clinical Services, Vikki Ryall who says many teenage boys are suffering mental health in silence,

This ANZAC day she poses the question Is your son suffering in silence?

  • 87% of young men will not seek out professional help for mental health issues.
  • 1 in 7 or 560,000 young Australians have a mental health problem.
  • Young people have the highest rates of mental health issues yet they are the least likely age group to seek professional help.
  • National charity headspace are encouraging fathers to open up a conversation with their sons.


With ANZAC day approaching our thoughts are with the bravery of our veterans and as a nation we will unite to remember all Australians who served and died in war and on operational service. The ANZAC spirit is a hallmark of our national identity and as we come together to honour the bravery of our veterans it is important to also highlight that many of them suffered from mental health issues in silence.

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Today, we are more aware than ever before of mental health issues. However, for the one in seven young people – the equivalent of 560,000 Australians – mental health issues continue to be a problem that is difficult to talk about with those close to us, with stigma being the main issue for teenagers with major depressive disorder not seeking help.


With males being more likely to experience a mental health issue, headspace’s Fathers campaign encourages men to break down the barriers around discussing mental health with their sons and set a positive example for younger generations. headspace aims to address the vital role fathers play in identifying the early signs of mental illness. Fathers are encouraged to have the important conversations to show their children that simply asking for help is the bravest, most courageous act of all.