New treatment programs at the University of Newcastle will target young people suffering from two of the most common mental health problems - depression and anxiety.
The University's Psychology Clinic will run the Cool Kids group programs for young people needing assistance.
Clinic Supervisor Dr Kathy Dynon said 14 per cent of Australian children and adolescents aged 4 - 17 years had a mental illness.
"Up to 12 per cent of people affected by mental illness take their own lives, so early detection and treatment of young people experiencing mental illness is important in preventing suicide."
"Anxiety and depression are some of the most common problems faced by young people, and can impact on their peer relationships, school performance, self-image, family relationships and their enjoyment of life."
The Cool Kids program for anxiety and depression targets depressive symptoms, separation anxiety, specific phobia, social phobia and generalised anxiety.
Dr Dynon said high school years were typically a difficult time for many teenagers, and anxiety and depression could make these years even harder.
"If left untreated, some individuals experiencing anxiety and depression in their teenage years will have ongoing difficulties in adulthood."
The Cool Kids programs are for adolescents in high school years 7 - 12. The program for anxiety is $130 and runs for 10 weeks. The program for people suffering both anxiety and depression is $190 and runs for 16 weeks.
The Psychology Clinic also provides psychological services to children and adults for a number of issues other than depression and anxiety, including general life stress (relating to work, relationships, study), anger management, weight management, chronic pain and illness, and cognitive testing.
Young people or families interested in the Cool Kids programs can contact the Psychology Clinic.