Monday, November 19, 2007

Mental Health

The ABS is currently conducting a second Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing. Last carried out a decade ago (cat. no. 4326.0), this survey will collect a range of detailed information about mental health conditions and issues.

If you're looking for data about mental health, an overview is available in Mental Health in Australia, a Snapshot, 2004-05 (cat. no. 4824.0.55.001). This largely draws on self-reported data from the National Health Survey (cat. no. 4364.0). Data about indigenous social and emotional wellbeing can be found in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (cat. no. 4715.0).

Other publications may also include relevant statistics: Disability, Ageing and Carers, 2003 (cat. no. 4430.0) contains some information about mental and behaviour disorders. Suicides, Australia (cat. no. 3309.0) reports registered deaths where the underlying cause was determined to be suicide. The General Social Survey, 2006 (cat. no.4159.0) also covers a range of aspects relating to wellbeing.

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