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KEY FACTS

2.5 MILLION PEOPLE

in Australia have neurodevelopment conditions.

$50 BILLION +

is the combined estimated annual cost of neurodevelopment challenges and related co-morbidities such as anxiety and depression.

OVER 50% OF YOUTHS

with neurodevelopment conditions report severe depression and anxiety.

TOP OF MIND

Neurodevelopment & Mental Health

Neurodevelopment conditions are lifelong and affect 1 in 10 Australians, or 2.5 million people.

The social, emotional and lifestyle strain on children and families is almost impossible to quantify, although the annual economic burden to the nation is estimated at around $50 billion dollars per year.

It means life-long costs that touch every part of our daily lives including health, 

education, justice, employment, relationships and wellbeing.

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Some of the most severe consequences can be seen across mental health.

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At least 70% of children and adults with neurodevelopment conditions - along with their caregivers - experience serious mental health disorders and much higher rates of suicide.

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Evidence suggests that of people living with neurodevelopment conditions:

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  • 50% of youth and adults presenting to mental health services meet criteria for major depression.

  • 7-10 times increased rates of attempted and completed suicides.

  • Depression is the most significant predictor of disability for these people.

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Families have told us that they have been excluded from mental health services because of the presence of a diagnosed neurodevelopmental condition.

At the same time, professionals often report having a lack of knowledge and training about how to identify and respond to these needs.

Neurodevelopment Australia believes that effective mental health strategies must respond to these unmet needs and we are working to build projects and research that will help solve some of these problems.