Mental health services
A hidden pandemic? An umbrella review of global evidence on mental health in the time of COVID-19
Siobhan O’Dean, Lily Teesson, Julia Boyle, Denise Lim, Andre Nguyen, Alison Calear, Philip Batterham, Kevin Gournay, Maree Teesson
The findings outlined in this article suggest policy-makers and clinicians should not discount the potentially ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on individual and population mental health, particularly for people who were adolescent, pregnant, post-partum during the pandemic, or were hospitalised with COVID-19.
Climate trauma: the growing toll of climate change on the mental health of Australians
There is no doubt that the consequences of climate change are now playing out in real time across Australia. This study deepens our understanding of the impacts of climate change on mental health in Australia, and provides an opportunity to hear from those on the...
The NSW Strategic Plan for Children and Young People: tracking report 01
Following the launch of their strategic plan, the ACYP committed to undertaking and publishing results from an annual quantitative survey that tracks the experiences and perceptions of young people in New South Wales across six key areas. This report outlines the key findings from their...
Door-to-door for mental health: a summary report
This report summaries a recent Assisting Communities through Direct Connection (ACDC) Project. The report examines the suitability of the project, and its effectiveness and value for householders and communities.
Home truths about mental health in Australian communities: what we learnt about mental health from doorknocking conversations
This report presents preliminary findings from data collected during the Assisting Communities through Direct Connection (ACDC) Project – a proactive outreach initiative that utilised door-knocking to initiate conversations about mental health across 21 Australian communities.
Doorknocking for mental health: evaluating a novel outreach approach for addressing mental health
This evaluation report was prepared by the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) for Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA), and presents evaluation findings related to the ACDC Project’s effectiveness and impact on participants and communities.
Under pressure: Australia’s mental health emergency
This report argues that addressing access to mental healthcare will require substantial, long-term changes to the provision of health services in Australia.
Coping strategies for work and cultural stressors in multicultural construction workplaces: a study in Australia
This study may contribute to the existing body of work by uncovering the moderating role of positive coping strategies and providing targeted and effective coping strategies in multicultural construction workplaces.
Evaluation of NSW community-based mental health programs: Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative Plus
The Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative Plus (HASI Plus) is a program for people with severe mental illness and significant difficulties managing day to day living. The Ministry commissioned the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) to evaluate the HASI Plus program. This is the report...
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.
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...
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.
To what extent do Australian child and youth health, and education wellbeing policies, address the social determinants of health and health equity? Apolicy analysis study
To date, there have been limited systematic analyses of Australian child and youth health policies, and selected education wellbeing policies, with a social determinants of health and health equity focus. This study aims to contribute to addressing this gap.
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.
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.
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 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...
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.
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.
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.
Digital futures in mind: reflecting on technological experiments in mental health and crisis support
Leah Harris, James Horton, Simon Katterl, Keris Myrick, Kelechi Ubozoh, Alberto Vasquez
The authors of this report argue that urgent public attention is needed to make sense of the expanding use of algorithmic and data-driven technologies in the mental health context.
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.
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...
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.
Mental health and wellbeing: issues and impact
This issues paper outlines mental health and wellbeing data for Gippsland.