GOAL: Children and young people do not experience anxiety and depression and are emotionally resilient

What we’d like to see to achieve our Goal:

  1. Children and young people have equitable access to the resources they need to reach their full potential
  2. Children and young people are safe, healthy, flourishing and secure in their cultural identify
  3. Children have secure and nurturing relationships with their family, friends and the community
  4. Children and young people engage in education and have developmentally appropriate self-regulation & life skills
  5. Young people are well connected with post school pathways to quality education and / or employment

Children and young people are healthy and happy

Measure:
Proportion of children or young people who are satisfied with their health
Data:
66.4% of young people reported being satisfied with their health
Status:
Baseline Measured
Quotes/Key Findings:
  • This number is lower for young people identifying as Female and Non-Binary

Ulitmate Outcome: Being 2

Measure:
Proportion of children demonstrating high levels of resilience
Data:
43.6% of young people reported high levels of resilience
Status:
Baseline Measured

Ulitmate Outcome: Being 2

Measure:
Proportion of children and young people who score in the challenged or high risk range for subjective personal wellbeing (and so are identified as being vulnerable to depression)
Data:
29%
Status:
Baseline Measured

Ulitmate Outcome: Being 2

Measure:
Proportion of children and young people who score in the normal range for subjective personal wellbeing (overall wellbeing and composite assessment)
Data:
70.1% of young people scored in the normal range for subjective personal wellbeing
Status:
Baseline Measured

Percentage of Gender in each Wellbeing Index Category


Ulitmate Outcome: Being 2

Measure:
Proportion of children and young people who score in the normal range for subjective personal wellbeing (overall wellbeing and composite assessment)
Status:
Baseline Measured
Data:
63.3% of young people report feeling satisfied/happy with their lives as a whole

How happy are you with your life as whole?

(0 = Not at all, 10 = Extremely)

Ultimate Outcome: Being 2

Children and Young People have a voice and can contribute to public knowledge

Measure:
Number and proportion of young people engaged in conversation on mental health and wellbeing
Data:
From conversations with 100 young people across 4 high schools, and 335 ASKS with young people across the Blue Mountains:

  • Young people told us that knowing how to deal with major mental health issues for themselves and their friends is very important to them;
  • Young people in the Blue Mountains told us that achieving positive and meaningful communication, and social interaction, with each other is highly important.
Status:
Ongoing

Ulitmate Outcome: Belonging 4

Children and Young People are socially engaged and active

Measure:
Number and proportion of children and young people involved in organised social, sporting or recreational groups.
Data:
72% of young people reported being involved in an organised social, sporting or recreational group (Survey of Resilience and Wellbeing, 2018)
Status:
Baseline Measured

Member of a sports or other organised group: Breakdown of age and gender

Ultimate Outcome: Belonging 4

Children and Young People are part of a positive and supportive peer group

Measure:
Proportion of children and young people who have two or more close friends that they can rely on
Data:
Data not yet available

Ulitmate Outcome: Belonging 4

Measure:
Proportion of children and young people who score in the normal range for subjective personal wellbeing (overall wellbeing and composite assessment)
Data:
25% of young people reported high levels of loneliness
Status:
Baseline Measured

How lonely do you generally feel?

(0 = Not at all, 10 = Extremely)


Ulitmate Outcome: Belonging 4 & 5

Measure:
Words used to describe friends
Data:
Top ten words used to describe friends
Status:
On Track
Quotes/Key Findings:
  • Young people in the Blue Mountains told us that achieving positive and meaningful communication, and social interaction, with each other is highly important

Harwood Conversations on Mental Health and Wellbeing, 2018

The top words used by youth to describe friends

Ultimate Outcome: Belonging 4

Children and young people are supported

Measure:
Proportion of children and young people who can get help from friends, family or neighbours when they need it
Data:
60% said “Yes definitely” they can get help from friends, family or neighbours when they need it.
Status:
Baseline Measured

Young people are equipped to support their peers to achieve emotional resilience

Measure:
Proportion of young people who report they can support their peers
Data:
Reported as a major concern for young people across the Blue Mountains. Young people in the Blue Mountains very much want to help their peers encountering mental health difficulties but feel ill equipped to do so.
Status:
On Track
Quotes/Key Findings
  • Young people told us that knowing how to deal with major mental health issues for themselves and their friends is very important to them.

Harwood Conversations on Mental Health and Wellbeing, 2018
Ulitmate Outcome: Belonging 4

Young people have the knowledge and information to access the right kind of help when they need it

Measure:
Proportion of young people who know about and can access support
Data:
Young people reported that didn’t always feel they had enough information about what services were available, where they are or how to access.
Status:
On Track
Quotes/Key Findings
  • Young people told us that a one-stop shop like headspace would be great in the Blue Mountains.

Ulitmate Outcome: Belonging 4

Children and young people are engaged with their schooling

Measure:
Proportion of young people completing High School
Data:
32% of people in the 2011 Census aged 19 stated they had not completed year 12
24% of people in the 2016 Census aged 19 stated they had not completed year 12
Status:
Increasing

Ulitmate Outcome: Belonging 4

Measure:
Portion of young people engaged in workforce and/or education
Status:
Increasing

Blue Mountains City workforce and educational engagement aged 15-24