Mental Wellbeing

Mental illness is one of Australia’s top leading causes of disease burden and the largest contributor to the disability burden in Victoria. It is estimated that mental illness costs the Victorian economy $5.4 billion/year.

Data from the National Coronial Information System showed high rates of suicide across the catchment, well above the Australian average. Other available evidence tells us that some communities within the CVPCP have high rates of people with depression, anxiety and mental and behavioural problems in the general population.

What the data is telling us

  • 1 in 5 people experience a mental health problem yearly
  • Half the population will have a mental illness in their lifetime
  • About 75% of mental illness commences before 25 years of age
  • Mental disorders are associated with alcohol & drug problems (75% presentation); homelessness (85%)
  • Mental disorders & suicide & suicide = 14.2% of the health burden
  • There are higher rates of mental illness among people living in the most socioeconomically disadvantaged areas and those with chronic (physical) disease.

Young people

  • About 75% of mental illness commences before 25 years of age
  • Anxiety and depression are the leading disease burden for young people and 1 in 4 have a diagnosable mental illness
  • Approximately 1:10 young Australians aged 12-17 years reported having self -harmed and in 2013, suicide was the leading cause of death of children between 5-17 years of age in Australia.
Central Victorian Primary Care Partnership acknowledges the traditional owners on whose land we live and work, their rich culture and spiritual connection to country. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and celebrate their living culture and unique role in the life of our catchment.

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