Facts and figure about mental health
Mental illness in Australia is very common. Read on for some of the key statistics around mental health.
1 in 5
...Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental illness in any year.
...of Australians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime.
Depression, anxiety and substance use disorder
...are the most common mental illnesses in Australia.
18-24 years old
...onset of mental illness is typically around mid-to-late adolescence and Australian youth have the highest prevalence of mental illness than any other age group.
...of people with mental illness do not access any treatment.
25-44 years old
Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians in this age group and the second leading cause of death for young Australians aged 15-24.
Men are at greatest risk of suicide but least likely to seek help. Other groups that are at greater risk include: Indigenous Australians, who experience an overall rate of suicide more than double that of non-Indigenous Australians, the LGBTI community, who experience a rate of attempted suicide four times that of those identifying as straight, people in rural and remote areas, and children