Mental health

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Mental health services
Mental ill-health
Mental illness
Mental wellbeing
Psychological health


Survey

Summary of results from national study of the impact of climate-fuelled disasters on the mental health of Australians

In December 2022, the Climate Council, supported by Beyond Blue, undertook an extensive two-part national study designed to better understand the impact of climate-fuelled disasters on mental health in Australia. This paper provides a snapshot of some of the most significant findings.
Journal article

Dose–response associations between modifiable lifestyle behaviours and anxiety, depression and psychological distress symptoms in early adolescence

This paper investigates associations between key modifiable lifestyle behaviours (sleep; physical activity; fruit, vegetable and sugar sweetened beverage consumption; screen time; alcohol use and tobacco use) and mental health among early adolescents in Australia. It finds that while Australian Dietary, Movement and Alcohol Guidelines target...
Report

Nōku te Ao: sovereignty of the Māori mind

The purpose of this report is to present a Māori world view of factors that contribute to discrimination of people who have experienced — or continue to experience — mental distress.
Draft report

National stigma and discrimination reduction strategy: draft for consultation

The National Mental Health Commission is developing a national stigma and discrimination reduction strategy. This draft has been released to encourage feedback from a broad range of stakeholders.
Report

Child wellbeing during the COVID pandemic: parental concerns

This report explores the varied impacts of COVID-19 on children of all ages below 18 years, and also delves into the experiences of families and the factors that parents say contributed to their children’s wellbeing.
Report

Australians’ well-being and resilience during COVID-19

This report presents the findings of a national survey of Australians 16 years and over, conducted in November 2020, to examine Australians’ well-being and resilience within the COVID-19 pandemic context, and the factors that promoted and hindered their well-being and resilience.
Evaluation

Evaluation of NSW community-based mental health programs: Community Living Supports and Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative

The NSW Ministry of Health commissioned the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) to evaluate the CLS-HASI programs. The evaluation involved two rounds of qualitative interviews and focus groups, as well as the analysis of quantitative program data and statewide outcomes data about consumers. This report...
Journal article

Impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on the activity and mental health of older people in Indonesia: a qualitative study

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused detrimental impacts on different population groups throughout the world. This study aimed to explore the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic’s mandatory lockdown protocols on individual and social activities and mental health conditions of community-dwelling older people in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Strategy

Being equally well: implementation action plan

The Being Equally Well project aims to create a strong, evidence and consensus-based suite of recommendations for improvements to health services and systems that will enable consistent and more effective physical health care for those who live with serious mental illness.
Report

Turning the tide on depression

This report presents a number of recommendations, which if implemented, could make a significant step towards reducing rising rates of depression in youth. These recommendations require the efforts of many, including schools, parents, mental health service providers, employers and all levels of government.
Report

Wellbeing outcomes in Australia as lockdowns ease and cases increase – August 2022

The aim of this paper is to examine the trends and determinants of wellbeing over the COVID-19 period, making use of the 12 waves of the COVID-19 'Impact Monitoring Survey' data and with a particular focus on the 12 months since August 2021.
Report

State of the nation in suicide prevention 2022

This report provides a snapshot of the sector, the state of the community and Australia's national policy platform. This year's report reveals that 70% of Australians have experienced elevated distress beyond their normal levels, compared with this time last year.
Report

The human rights roadmap: 40 ways to operationalise human rights in Victoria's mental health and wellbeing system

This report provides a suite of pragmatic recommendations that are intended to ensure that Victoria’s current and future mental health and wellbeing systems are based on a commitment to promote and uphold human rights, and to focus on the promotion of good mental health and...
Briefing paper

Mental health and wellbeing: services and programs

This issues paper outlines mental health and wellbeing services and supports offered in Gippsland.
Briefing paper

Mental health and wellbeing: issues and impact

This issues paper outlines mental health and wellbeing data for Gippsland.
Report

Aftershock: addressing the economic and social costs of the pandemic and natural disasters

As New South Wales recovered from the 2019-20 summer bushfires and the first case of COVID-19 was detected in Australia in February 2020, there was no indication of the upheaval and sacrifices that lay ahead. In this report, researchers look at mental health, drawing together...
Report

Developing Lived Experience Outcome Indicators

This document presents the key learnings from discussions about engaging lived experience experts and representatives to inform the development of Lived Experience Outcome Indicators, in the context of publicly-funded mental health and alcohol and other drugs (AOD) services in Western Australia.
Report

Understanding mental health and stigma in Congolese, Arabic-speaking and Mandarin-speaking communities

This research project aims to provide new insights into the factors that influence mental health-related help-seeking (including that of stigma), and thereby build on the national knowledge base for three CALD community groups. It also provides policy recommendations to inform mental illness stigma reduction initiatives...
Report

In their words: how to support young people in suicidal distress

Emergency department presentations for young people who have self-harmed or are experiencing suicidal ideation are on the increase. This report outlines better alternatives, including safe spaces with youth peer workers or a crisis support team that comes to the young person’s home.
Journal article

Healthier construction: conceptualising transformation of mental health outcomes through an integrated supply chain model

The aim of this paper is to analyse the industrial organisation and the structural and behavioural context of the construction industry and propose a new approach to understanding interactions at multiple levels, in relation to root causes of the mental health problem.
Journal article

Exposure to risk and experiences of river flooding for people with disability and carers in rural Australia: a cross-sectional survey

In this journal article, the authors explore the exposure to risk and experiences of people with disability and carers during a flooding event and the subsequent mental health impacts.
Report

Mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 period in Australia

More than two years since the first cases in Australia, now is an opportune time to assess medium-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health and wellbeing. This paper provides data on the mental health and wellbeing of Australians during the first two-years of...
Journal article

The significance of the father-daughter relationship to understanding and treating bulimia nervosa: a hermeneutic phenomenological study

Bulimia nervosa (BN) is a highly researched eating disorder, yet real world recovery rates remain poor and incidence continues to rise. This study provides a focused exploration of the father-daughter relationship where BN emerges, in order to explore this relationship’s significance to the aetiology of...
Report

The shadow pandemic: three reforms for the post-pandemic mental healthcare system

The COVID-19 pandemic has had far reaching consequences across the globe, not least being a substantial increase in mental health issues across diverse population groups. Australian governments at both federal and state level are cognisant of the magnitude of the problem. This report argues that...
Journal article

Post-migration stressors and mental health for African migrants in South Australia: a qualitative study

We conducted a qualitative study involving African migrants (n = 20) and service providers (n = 10) in South Australia to explore mental health stressors, access to mental health services and how to improve mental health services for African migrant populations. This paper presents the...