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%

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Last updated: 18 December 2018