4326.0 - Mental Health and Wellbeing: Profile of Adults, Australia, 1997
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 12/03/1998
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Young adults most at risk of mental disorder - ABS survey
Almost one in five (18 per cent) Australian adults had a mental disorder at some time during the 12 month period from mid 1996 to mid 1997. Young adults aged 18-24 years had the highest prevalence of mental disorder (27 per cent), declining steadily to 6 per cent of those aged 65 years and over, according to an Australian Bureau of Statistics report launched today by the Federal Minister for Health and Family Services, Dr Michael Wooldridge.
The report presents selected data from the 1997 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing of Adults, a project funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Family Services as part of the National Mental Health Strategy. It provides the first comprehensive picture of the mental wellbeing of Australian adults aged 18 years or more.
Some highlights include:
Details are in Mental Health and Wellbeing: Profile of Adults, Australia 1997 (cat. no. 4326.0), available from ABS bookshops. Main features are available from this site.
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