Mental illness and suicide now costing Australia $500 million a day
Published: 5 November, 2019
Black Dog Institute welcomes the Productivity Commission’s draft Mental Health Report, joining the rest of the mental health community in hoping the report represents a key moment in the journey towards a world-leading mental health system.
It is anticipated such a system will provide individuals and communities across Australia access to the best evidence-based mental health treatment and prevention programs, regardless of age, income, cultural background and location.
The draft report comes at a critical time for Australia, with nearly one in five Australians experiencing mental ill-health in any year, nearly nine Australians dying by suicide each day, and 75 per cent of mental illnesses emerging before the age of 25 years.
“We know that addressing our country’s mental health concerns will come at great costs to government, the mental health sector, and those on the front line in our local communities,” said Black Dog Institute’s Director and Chief Scientist, Scientia Professor Helen Christensen.
“However, given the Productivity Commission’s finding that mental illness and suicide is now costing Australia $500 million a day, continuing to do the same things is no longer an option.
“At Black Dog Institute, we have been looking at innovative ways we can relieve some of this burden through the use of e-mental health apps and digital technologies, which allows us to deliver evidence-based mental health resources and tools at scale, regardless of geographic boundaries,” Christensen said.
“Our research is also looking at early intervention and prevention of mental illness in young people through our world-first Future Proofing trial, which aims to use smartphones to deliver prevention interventions at scale.
“Using our vast evidence-base and ongoing research at Black Dog Institute, we look forward to the opportunity to share our findings and insights with the Commission, to complement the valuable contributions from the rest of the mental health sector.”
Black Dog Institute will attend the Productivity Commission’s upcoming public hearing in Sydney on 25 November, and will be providing a submission in response to the draft Mental Health Report.
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