Thursday, November 27, 2008

Mental Health & Homelessness

The recently released National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007 (cat. no. 4326.0) includes information on a selection of life experiences and mental health, including homelessness. Data is available for people who reported ever being homeless, and type of mental disorder experienced, such as anxiety disorders or substance use disorders.

Homelessness statistics for the Australian population can be found in the Australian Census Analytic Program publication: Counting the Homeless, 2006 (cat. no. 2050.0), released in September 2008.

This publication includes data from the 2006 Census complemented by data from other surveys of youth homelessness and users of support services. It also provides information on the change in the size and composition of the homeless population over time, and draws on earlier research using 1996 and 2001 Census data.

Australian Institute of Health & Welfare (AIHW) released the 9th issue of Mental Health Services in Australia, 2004-05 in August 2008, which includes information on Mental Health-related Supported Accommodation Assistance Program Services (chapter 9); and the bulletin Homeless SAAP clients with mental health and substance use problems 2004-05 in 2007.

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