World’s First National Report Card into Mental Health and Suicide Prevention 

Monday, December 3, 2012 12:16:00 PM


A Contributing Life: the 2012 National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention is the National Mental Health Commission's inaugural annual report card and is a world first of its kind.

Built on personal stories of people who aren't often heard- people with a lived experience of mental health difficulty, their families and supporters- the report card views mental health as an issue affecting every aspect of the life of a person; a 'whole-of-life-approach'. 

Its theme, 'A Contributing Life', recognises that people with mental health difficulties need the same things as everyone else- a stable home, a decent education, a job, friends and healthy relationships, good treatment and access to services and rights.

The report card paint a big reform picture, and makes ten specific recommendations including:

  • reducing the early death of Australians with severe mental illness and improving their physical health
  • minimising the use of seclusion and restraint
  • increasing the access to mental health services from 6-8 to 12 percent of Australia's population
  • making the mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples a higher priority
  • stopping people from being discharged from mental health services into homelessness or unstable homes
  • increasing the employment rates of people with mental illness and paying greater attention to supporting them at work
  • providing effective, local interventions to prevent suicide
  • increasing access to home-based visiting to support families and children


Click here to view the full report

The NDCO is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR)