Thursday, October 23, 2008

Mental Health & Wellbeing

One in five Australians aged 16–85 years had a mental disorder in 2007, according to figures released today in the National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007 (cat. no.4326.0).

This survey provides information on the prevalence of mental disorders by three major disorder groups:
  • Anxiety disorders (eg Social Phobia)
  • Affective disorders (eg Depression)
  • Substance Use disorders (eg Alcohol Harmful Use)
It also provides information on :
  • level of impairment
  • health services used for mental health problems
  • physical conditions
  • social networks and caregiving
  • demographic and socio-economic characteristics
Respondents were asked about experiences throughout their lifetime.

The survey is based on an international survey instrument developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) for use by participants in the World Mental Health Survey Initiative. Therefore, it has been designed to provide data that are internationally comparable, rather than to provide comparisons with the previous 1997 ABS Mental Health and Wellbeing survey.

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