Young people across WA are urged to take part in Mission Australia's 2012 Youth Survey to help highlight the important local issues in their lives.
Mission Australia is calling on young Western Australians to help highlight important issues in their lives by taking part in the charity's 2012 Youth Survey – the nation's leading annual stocktake of the views, concerns and values of young people between the ages of 15-19.
In launching the 2012 survey, Mission Australia's WA State Director, Melissa Perry, said it gave young people a voice across a range of issues with the information being used to help community groups and governments plan and develop youth services.
"Mission Australia's annual national youth survey is a 'temperature check' on what young people are feeling, what issues concern them, what they think are the main challenges facing the nation and how optimistic they are about the future," said Ms Perry.
"Responses to the survey help governments, youth agencies and ourselves improve and develop programs and strategies that are shaped by the voices of young people themselves."
When asked to rank their personal concerns from 15 issues, WA participants in last year's survey believed school/study problems were the most pressing issues, placed in the top three by 33.0 per cent of respondents. This was followed by coping with stress at 30.4 per cent and family conflict at 29.3 per cent.
Concern for school/study problems among young Western Australians increased by more than 14 per cent since the 2009 survey while coping with stress jumped by more than 13 per cent.
"Young people's concerns can be quite volatile – moving around from year to year – so it’s important we conduct this survey annually to obtain an accurate picture.
"The range of concerns – from school to stress, family conflict and body image – also suggest young people are facing increased challenges as they make the transition from adolescence to adulthood.
"We’ve also taken the opportunity to refresh the survey – now in its 11th year – and make it more relevant than ever.
"In addition to the questions we've asked every survey, this year we're also asking young Western Australians for their thoughts on their financial situation, family connectedness, neighbourhood safety and health," said Ms Perry.
Mission Australia's 2012 Youth Survey can be completed online at: www.mayouthsurvey.com.au.
The survey closes on Friday, 17 August with the results to be published later this year.
Paul Andrews, National Media Manager
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