Mental health promotion
This Collection comprises research, policy and practice reports, guides and tools for addressing social isolation and activating social connection to improve individuals’ mental wellbeing and community resilience.
An overview of Indigenous mental health and suicide prevention in Australia
This report provides essential information and statistics on mental health, suicide and self-harm among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It outlines contemporary Australian policy responses and directions, and risks and protective factors for mental health and suicide prevention. It also explores evidence of best...
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.
Small business and mental health through the pandemic
This report is based on the findings of a survey conducted nationally over 6 weeks in early 2022 with 1,007 small business owner participants. The findings indicate that there are high levels of mental ill‑health within the small business sector, suggesting a continued need for...
Geographic variation in suicide risk and service delivery to Indigenous Australians
This report identifies regions (using the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Indigenous Regions) in which suicide prevention among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is likely to be relatively challenging compared with other regions.
Mental health and the workplace: how can employers improve productivity through wellbeing?
Poor mental health is a cost to individuals, the community and the economy. This report focuses on the interventions and investments that businesses can make to improve productivity through wellbeing.
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...
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.
Tasmanian suicide prevention strategy 2023-2027: consultation summary report
This summary report outlines an evaluation of the consultation data that was received via an online survey, social media feedback, thought leader interviews and a series of community-based workshops, as part of the process of shaping Tasmania's next suicide prevention strategy.
Tasmanian suicide prevention strategy 2023-2027: draft for consultation
This draft strategy outlines the Tasmanian government's plan for reducing suicide and suicidal distress, and for increasing access to connection and support for Tasmanians. The government recognises that effective suicide prevention requires a whole-of-community as well as a whole-of-government response.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Developing the third Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy, 2023-2027: consultation paper
The Tasmanian Department of Health is developing the next Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy, on behalf of the Tasmanian government. The strategy, which will be the third of its kind, will set the vision and priorities for preventing suicide in the State for the next five...
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...
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.
Supporting young Aboriginal people who self-harm: a guide for families and communities
This guide aims to help families and communities in Western Australia understand what they can to do to support a young Aboriginal person who is self-harming.
Employment and Indigenous mental health
This paper provides an overview of policies and programs that address Indigenous employment and mental health and examines the evidence on labour force programs that can improve Indigenous mental health.
Protective and risk factors for suicide among Indigenous Australians
This report outlines protective and risk factors that contribute to suicide among Indigenous Australians and the existing data collections and methods used for measuring protective and risk factors for suicide.