TYF Communique on Study and Stress

Date: Tue, 09/04/2013


The Tasmanian Youth Forum (TYF)  communiqué on ‘Study and Stress’ was launched by the Minister for Community Development, Cassy O’Connor MP at Parliament House.

The TYF communiqué on ‘Study and Stress’, written by TYF members Alia Hussain, Jacob Couchman and Metika Claxton, details the results of the day-long statewide ‘Study and Stress’ Forum, held on August 31 last year. 

The forum questioned young Tasmanians, aged 12-25 years, about their understanding of ‘stress’ and gave them the chance to discuss openly their concerns about coping with the demands of study and school life. Concerningly, 68.3% of the participants at the Forum believed stress to be a major issue for young Tasmanians.

Joanna Siejka, CEO of YNOT, said that, “Overwhelmingly, the top factors young people identified that caused them to feel stress were study, school life and the pressure to achieve. Of concern, is that only 12% of the young people said they could balance their study, work and social commitment well.”

The forum also gave participants the opportunity to identify solutions and strategies to address their concerns, the most popular of which are detailed in the TYF communiqué on ‘Study and Stress’.

TYF is an initiative of YNOT, the peak youth body representing young people in Tasmania. TYF aims to give young people the opportunity to facilitate, increase their knowledge and to be heard in their communities.

The event was supported by the Youth Network of Tasmania, the Community Development Division (Department of Premier and Cabinet), the Launceston City Council, and Flourish (Mental Health Action in Our Hands Inc).