Depression, Mental


7 Dec 2017

In 2017, for the first time in the survey’s history young people identified mental health as the most important issue in Australia today. Concerns about mental health have doubled since 2015 and tripled since 2011. Other top issues of national concern included alcohol and drugs...

Literature review

30 Aug 2017

This Evidence Check review examines the current evidence for the clinical efficacy, safety and cost-effectiveness of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for patients with major depression and/or schizophrenia.

It also looks at evidence for the use of TMS within particular patient sub groups.




22 Aug 2017

Key findings

Rates of self-harm and suicidal behaviour are high among Australian teens. Among 14-15 year olds, one in ten reported that they had self-harmed in the previous 12 months, and 5% reported they had attempted suicide.

Girls appeared to be at...

Audio interview

17 Aug 2017

A bi-partisan Senate committee is urging the Turnbull Government to urgently overhaul the care provided to veterans following a long-running inquiry into veteran suicide. The report, titled ' Constant Battle ,' reveals that 325 ADF former personnel have taken their lives between 2001 and 2015....

Research report

6 Jul 2017

This report provides a summary of a research project undertaken by the University of South Australia for MATES in Construction (MIC) South Australia. The purpose of this project was to explore the impacts of MIC SA on those who had participated in General Awareness Training...

Research report

5 Jul 2017

This report sheds some light on the activities that take place on beyondblue ’s mental health support forums. Around 88,000 people visit the forums per month (6,800 posts per month at 10 a month per active user). Given the forums are restricted to people in...


30 Jun 2017

This in-brief report summarises results on the incidence of suicide among serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel using fifteen years of data and identifies characteristics that may be associated with risk of suicide.

In 2001–2015 there were 325 certified suicide deaths among...


19 May 2017

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and the Young Health Movement (YHM) have published this report, examining the positive and negative effects of social media on young people’s health, including a league table of social media platforms according to their impact on young people’s...

Research report

15 Dec 2016

This report, authored by Dr Peter Cotton, found that the issues uncovered in the review of firefighters in the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) are not dissimilar from the findings of other inquiries into emergency service organisations like the police or the ambulance service.


Research report

30 Nov 2016

There is strong and increasing public interest in, and concern about, the incidence of suicide among serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel. A study undertaken by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare calculates, for the first time, accurate rates of suicide deaths...

Research report

12 Sep 2016

Workers compensation has a fraught history in most jurisdictions and Victoria is no exception. It is socially responsible to provide for a universal system of insurance covering work related injury to recognise the value of workers and the risks of work, and economically responsible both...

Journal article

1 Jul 2016

Residential group-care workers have a critical role to play in recognizing mental health problems amongst children in their care. However, little is known about the extent to which workers recognize and respond to mental health and behavioral concerns.

A sample of 124 residential group...

Research report

28 Jun 2016

Young people possess capabilities, knowledge and creativity to live healthy and happy lives. However, in Australia, similar to elsewhere in the world, young people report high levels of psychological distress brought about through such everyday events as: managing uncertain life transitions; peer pressures and influences;...

Video program

14 Jun 2016

Why Am I?: The Science of Us (also known as Predict My Future: The Science of Us ) is a 2016 New Zealand documentary series about the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study , a long-running cohort study following 1037 people born in Dunedin...

Research report

12 Jun 2016

Whilst most young people are doing well, a concerning number are vulnerable to or directly affected by ill mental health (Lawrence et al., 2015). The experience of mental illness can have long lasting impacts including social disconnection and poorer life outcomes (AIHW, 2015). Alongside strategies...


16 May 2016

Antidepressants are not as effective as we once believed.


Australia has one of the highest rates of antidepressant use in the world; it has more than doubled since 2000, despite evidence showing that the effectiveness of these medications is lower than...


15 May 2016

Headspace aims to improve the mental health and social and emotional wellbeing of young people in Australia through the provision of evidence-based, integrated, youth-centred and holistic services. In January 2013, the Australian Government Department of Health (DoH) commissioned a consortium of researchers from the Social...


22 Mar 2016

Deaths by suicide for farming men and women have a huge impact on the family and rural and agricultural communities in which they occur. The disproportionately high rate of farmer suicide has not declined in Australia even though as a community we have known about...


3 Jun 2015

This paper identifies strategic priorities for taking action to prevent chronic diseases. It is the second report by the Mitchell Institute on this issue. The first report, Chronic diseases in Australia: the case for changing course , mapped out the social, economic and health costs...

Research report

29 May 2015

This is a summary of important findings from a continuous quality improvement (CQI) program for type 2 diabetes care in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care (PHC). The program has been in place for more than 10 years, with 175 health centres across...