1 in 5 young Australians face a mental health challenge.
Professor Patrick McGorry, executive director of mental health organisation Orygen, described the mental health crisis brought on by COVID-19 as a “shadow pandemic” that is affecting young people more than any other age group.
“Young people have always borne the brunt for mental health, but the pandemic has disrupted their lives much more than any other age group,” he said.
We know that mental health can be positively influenced by moving more. The Australian Guidelines for Physical Activity recommend adolescents accumulate 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day as well as limiting screen time and breaking up long periods of sitting.
However, sometimes it’s hard to be motivated to move and lockdown doesn’t help.