Monitoring mental health and suicide prevention reform: National Report 2020
Message from Lucy Brogden - Chair of the National Mental Health Commission Advisory Board
The National Mental Health Commission Advisory Board is pleased to have
contributed to the Commission’s work to respond to the challenges of
2020. In doing so, we have worked closely with our stakeholders, including
consumers and carers, mental health organisations and peak bodies.
Message from Christine Morgan - Chief Executive Officer of the National Mental Health Commission
We are pleased to present the National Mental Health Commission's 2020 National Report on mental health and suicide prevention in Australia. Reflecting on 2020, we are reminded of the incredible contributions of so many, including our essential workers in health and aged care, schools, supermarkets, cleaning and transport.
The National Mental Health Commission (the Commission), which was established in 2012, provides insight, advice and evidence on ways to continuously improve Australia's mental health and suicide prevention system, and acts as a catalyst for change to achieve these improvements. This includes increasing accountability and transparency in mental health by providing independent reports and advice to the Australian Government and the community.
A note on language
The Commission acknowledges that language surrounding mental health and suicide can be powerful, loaded and at times contested. Often, preferences differ across groups of people, and there is no single consensus on preferred terminology. Given this, the Commission has been conscious to use terminology throughout this report that is both most respectful and preferred by the majority of people to whom the terminology refers.
This National Report 2020 highlights that mental illness and suicide continue to be significant public health issues in Australia and internationally. Poor mental health and wellbeing has substantial personal, economic, productivity and social impacts.