Mental health

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


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

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

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

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...
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...
Report

Clusters of COVID-19 impact: identifying the impact of COVID-19 on young Australians in 2021

This report looks into the types of impact experienced by young people during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the particular groups of young people who have faced more challenges. The report also details how the experience of different and multiple impacts relate to increases in stress...
Conference paper

Housing quality, neighbourhood environment and loneliness in COVID-19 pandemic

This study aimed to examine the extent to which housing quality, other housing attributes and neighbourhood characteristics contribute towards COVID-19 related loneliness in different household types.
Policy report

Building mentally healthy futures: Australian youth recovery plan

This policy paper focuses on actionable, evidence-based steps a newly elected federal government can take to address the current youth mental health crisis.
Report

Tracking wellbeing outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic (January 2022): riding the Omicron wave

This paper provides a summary of COVID-19 and wellbeing data from the January 2022 ANUpoll, the tenth poll in the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods COVID-19 Impact Monitoring Survey program.
Literature review

Models of care in forensic mental health services

This publication provides an evidence-based literature review on best practices pertaining to models of care in the four areas, which broadly represent the main sectors of Forensic Mental Health Service delivery (inpatient, community, prisons, and courts).
Strategy

Victoria’s mental health and wellbeing workforce strategy 2021–2024

The creation of this strategy was a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, and includes initiatives to deliver four key priorities: increasing workforce supply; improving workforce skills, knowledge and capabilities; supporting the safety, wellbeing and retention of the workforce; and...
Report

Spouses and partners of Vietnam veterans – findings from the Vietnam Veterans Family Study

This report confirms the long-term impact of Vietnam War service on family members. The study confirms that veteran partners should continue to be considered in the design of early intervention supports to help reduce the long-term impact of military service on families.
Report

Calling for help: how crisis lines support Victorians' mental health

In partnership with Lifeline, this report explores the mental health impact of COVID-19 and how crisis lines supported Victorians during the pandemic.
Survey

Youth survey report 2021

The Mission Australia Youth Survey is the largest annual survey of young people in Australia. This report contains an overview, a national summary, a summary of findings for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and a summary of findings for each State and Territory.
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Treasured lives - phase two: the policy and service environment

One group of older Australians vulnerable to not being able to age well at home with independence and dignity are those living with hoarding and/or challenges maintaining a healthy home. This report focuses on the experiences and needs of Tasmanian service providers and statutory agencies...
Report

Social security and stigma in Australia

This report provides an analysis of the available evidence on how Australia’s social security system supports people who are unable to work (or unable to secure adequate income through work) due to their experience of mental ill-health, or caring for someone with mental ill-health.
Report

Mental health discrimination in insurance

The PIAC’s Mental Health and Insurance Project has been tackling systemic problems in the way insurers design, price and offer policies and assess claims to the detriment of people with past or current mental health conditions. This report outlines the progress that has been made...