It includes information on mental health service provision, available mental health resources and the changes that have occurred in these over time. The publication compliments the more comprehensive data that is available online at Mental health services in Australia http://mhsa.aihw.gov.au.
The Mental Health Services in Australia website (www.mhsa.aihw.gov.au) provides an overview of the national response of the health and welfare service system to the mental health care needs of Australians. This companion document, Mental health services: in brief 2012, summarises the key findings from the information presented online each year.
Mental illness comprises a spectrum of disorders that vary in severity. Mental illness can have damaging effects on the individuals and families concerned, and its influence is far-reaching for society as a whole. Social problems commonly associated with mental illness include poverty, unemployment or reduced productivity and homelessness. Those with mental illness often experience problems such as isolation, discrimination and stigma (WHO 2003).