The release of the Australians for Mental Health’s first National Mental Health Monitor has revealed that one in three people rate their mental health as either “poor” or “very poor”, and that news reports or events overseas have been a significant source of stress in recent weeks.
Released today, the uComms survey of 1,558 residents across the nation, is the first in what will be a regular check on the mental health and wellbeing of the country. When asked to respond if they agreed with the statement; “World events or matters in the news have caused me prolonged mental distress” 35.1 per cent of those surveyed replied in the affirmative.
“This survey has shown that global events are having a profound impact on our mental well-being with more than one in three Australians saying these factors have caused them prolonged mental stress,” Australians for Mental Health’s Executive Director, Chris Gambian, said.
“This underscores the need for a holistic approach to improving Australia’s mental health and continued efforts to reduce the stigma associated with speaking up and seeking help.”
The number of people who said global events had caused them stress was slightly higher among women than men, and highest in those aged 18 – 34. Those living in outer regional and remote areas also reported higher stress from the news than those living in inner regional areas and major cities.
The poll also revealed that a significant number of those surveyed felt there was still a lingering stigma around mental health, despite 80 per cent of people having supported someone with concerns during their lifetime, and more than 70 percent having reflected on their own mental well-being.
“The National Mental Health Monitor aims to become a compass to help us to understand the ever-evolving landscape of mental well-being in Australia,” Gambian, said.
“By shining a light on the prevalence and patterns of mental health issues, we can reduce stigma, empower individuals to seek help, and tailor our efforts and support for lasting impact.”