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Monday, 2 May 2016

New survey highlights impact of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health conditions

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.

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