Accessible data

Reliable data is essential to understanding how people experience their mental health, and how our mental health and social support systems respond to them. This is the evidence that can make the case for change, and reveal whether the reforms we make are effective in improving people’s lives.

Under the Mental Health Commission Act, the Commission is required to monitor and report on the implementation of Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014-2024, and also to review and evaluate services and programs provided to people who have a mental illness. In addition the Commission is expected to undertake and commission research, innovation and policy development.

In order to properly fulfil these functions, the Commission is working to increase the amount and quality of data from which it is able to draw in the course of its work. It is doing this through strategic projects with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, universities, the NSW Government and others to develop and analyse new data-sets or to link existing ones - with the potential to produce important new insights that can guide service development and planning.

At the same time, the Commission has created a suite of interactive presentations and snapshots which make mental NSW health-related data more accessible to consumers, academics and the whole community, supporting research and advocacy to improve mental health outcomes. By allowing users to dynamically create visual representations of data relationships, according to their particular interests, the Commission hopes to make a positive contribution to evidence-based policy development and public discussion.

PLEASE NOTE: as the interactive graph files are complex, loading or updating may be slow depending on the speed of your internet connection.

Last updated: 5 April 2017

Access to mental health services: Snapshot3 April 2017

For people living in NSW, 2011 Everyone deserves quality mental health support that puts them and their own needs at the... more

Disadvantage: Snapshot3 April 2017

For people living in NSW with a mental health condition, 2014 Decades of research have shown the way stress and mental... more

Patterns of treatment: Snapshot3 April 2017

Mental health service use among people living in NSW who use medications for mental health, 2011 In 2015, the Commission... more

Psychological distress and health14 September 2016

In any given month one in eight people in NSW will experience high levels of psychological distress, and nearly half of all... more

Suicide in NSW - by Aboriginal status3 April 2017

Interactive graphs Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' culture has proved its resilience by surviving intact and... more

Suicide in NSW - by age3 April 2017

Interactive graphs Suicide and suicide attempts are the most devastating consequences of mental distress. We know suicidal... more

Usage of mental health services and medications in NSW - detailed analysis3 April 2017

Find out how often Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) mental health care in NSW is... more

Usage of mental health services and medications in NSW - overview3 April 2017

Everyone has the right to access comprehensive, person-centred mental health supports. While not everyone who experiences... more

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