The National Mental Health Commission welcomes today's release of the Australian Bureau of Statistics' National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, 2014-2015 (NATSISS). This survey provides a range of information about the lives and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, including for the first time those with self-reported mental health conditions.
A feature article Aborignal and Torres Strait Islander People with a mental health condition reveals some worrying trends in the mental health needs of Indigenous people.
In this article, the 29% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who self-reported: depression; anxiety; behavioural or emotional problems; and/or harmful use of, or dependence on drugs or alcohol; are described as having a mental health condition. Almost one-quarter (23%) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people reported having both a mental health condition and one or more other long-term health conditions.