Why this is important
Psychological distress is when someone has deeply unpleasant feelings, symptoms or experiences. These experiences may or may not be due to mental illness. The Commission is interested in measuring and monitoring levels of psychological distress so that we can understand if these levels are increasing or decreasing and whether the ways we support people in distress are working. If levels of distress can be reduced, more people will be able to live full lives on their own terms and their risk of developing mental illness will be reduced.
Indicator: decrease in the rate of psychological distress in the community
|Indicator measures||Current status|
|Psychological distress among all adults||15.1%|
|Psychological distress among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples||23.3%|