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SYDNEY, Aug 30, 2005 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Self-help support groups should take their message to schools and online to help young people who have mental illness, an Australian researcher says.

Researcher Ann Dadich, who began her work at the University of Western Sydney and now works for University of New South Wales, based her conclusions on interviews with 53 young people during the three-year study.

She concluded that young Australians currently get most of their information about mental illness from the Internet or from friends.

Dadich called on self-help groups to go to schools with posters, videos and meetings about mental illness.

She also urged the organizations to take their message online to reach a more youthful audience.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International.

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