JobKeeper aid helped prevent 500 suicides

Original article by Simon Benson
The Australian – Page: 5 : 28-Apr-21

Ian Hickie, the joint director of Sydney University’s Brain and Mind Centre, says the best thing the federal government can do to reduce mental health stress and preventable suicide is to maintain economic and jobs growth. The centre’s latest modelling suggests that COVID-19 support measures such as the JobKeeper wage subsidy will prevent 469 suicide deaths and 4,226 hospitalisations for self- harm between 2020 and 2025. It is also likely to avert more than 51,000 mental health presentations at hospitals’ emergency departments over the same period.

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UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY. BRAIN AND MIND RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Hidden cost of mental illness

Original article by Stephen Lunn
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 31-Oct-19

The Productivity Commission has released a report which calls for ‘generational changes’ to address the issue of mental illness. The report notes that Australia has a higher rate of mental illness than the OECD average, and it costs the nation about $500m per day. Amongst other things, the report examines the direct cost of mental illness in terms of lost productivity and the provision of health services. It also warns that many people with mental illness are not receiving the support and services they require.

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AUSTRALIA. PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION

Youth mental health impacted by social media, religious beliefs, living arrangements and team sport

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 11-Sep-19

Recent research from Roy Morgan showed the increase in the number of Australians suffering from Mental Health conditions over the past decade (79 year olds have the best mental health – August 19, 2019). Further analysis reveals not only the major growth areas, but what other characteristics that Australians with mental health issues have. Amongst all mental health conditions, the big three are anxiety, depression and stress. Looking across the age groups, all three peak amongst 18-24 year olds. Stress is the most prevalent of mental health issues, the fastest growing condition is anxiety. This is particularly true of our young people, with 22% of 14-17 year olds now reporting that they suffer from anxiety (compared to just 6% nine years ago) and almost one third of 18-24 year olds suffering from anxiety (32%, compared to only 11% back in 2011). These results are derived from detailed in-depth personal interviews in the homes of over 50,000 Australians each year as part of the Roy Morgan Single Source survey.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED

79 year olds have the best mental health

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 20-Aug-19

New data from Roy Morgan shows that over 7.9 million Australians aged 14+ (38.4%) now suffer from a Mental Health condition, compared with 5.4 million (30.7%) in 2009. The most common Mental Health conditions are Stress (which is experienced by 5.8 million Australians, or 28%), Anxiety (suffered by over 4.3 million, or 21.1%), Depression (which afflicts over 3.3 million, or 16.1%) and the nearly 1.3 million (6.2%) who have Panic Attacks. Analysis shows that the number of Australians who experience Anxiety has increased by 108.3% since 2011, from nearly 2.3 million to over 4.3 million. Stress has increased by 1.6 million (+38.2%), Depression has increased by almost 1 million (+41.2%) and Panic Attacks are up by over half a million (+73.7%). The latest Roy Morgan health research is based on a program of research that now spans over a decade into illnesses and medical conditions and derived from detailed in-depth interviews with over 50,000 Australians each year as part of the Roy Morgan Single Source survey.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED

Roy Morgan partners Beyond Blue & Uni WA to analyse the Mental Health & Wellbeing of Australia’s Police & Emergency Services

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Market Research Update – Page: Online : 30-Nov-18

Roy Morgan has partnered with the University of Western Australia and Australia’s leading mental health organisation Beyond Blue to interview over 21,000 Police & Emergency Services employees, volunteers and former employees regarding their mental health and wellbeing. The "Answering the Call" research explored in detail the stresses and strains impacting on those who often find themselves on the front lines in responding to traumatic and life-changing events in our community. The good news is that "Answering the Call" reports that more than half of all employees in these industries, and two-in-three volunteers, have reported high levels of resilience in dealing with experiences. Of course, there is always more that can be done and one-in-three employees report experiencing high or very high psychological distress – much higher than the one-in-eight amongst all adult Australians. For full details of the findings of the "Answering the Call" report please follow the link.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA, BEYOND BLUE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Crown execs support Packer exit

Original article by Sarah-Jane Tasker, Christine Lacy
The Australian – Page: 17 & 27 : 22-Mar-18

Shares in Crown Resorts closed almost one per cent lower at $A12.95 on 21 March, after major shareholder James Packer resigned from the board for personal reasons. Packer’s private company, Consolidated Press Holding, subsequently attributed his resignation to mental health issues. Crown Resorts has been under scrutiny in recent years over a series of scandals, including allegations that it had tampered with poker machines at Crown Melbourne and the arrest of Crown employees in China in 2016.

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CROWN RESORTS LIMITED – ASX CWN, CONSOLIDATED PRESS HOLDINGS LIMITED, BEYOND BLUE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, VICTORIAN COMMISSION FOR GAMBLING AND LIQUOR REGULATION, VICTORIA. AUDITOR-GENERAL’S OFFICE, SEVEN NETWORK LIMITED

It’s official: golf is good for you!

Original article by Roy Morgan Research
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 17-Nov-16

A Roy Morgan Single Source survey has found that 9.3% of Australians aged 18+ (just over 1.7 million) play golf either regularly or occasionally, putting it among our 10 most popular forms of exercise. The survey also shows that between July 2015 and June 2016, 25.8% of Australian adults reported experiencing stress at some point in the preceding 12 months; 18.3% reported having anxiety; 15.1% had depression; and 5.4% suffered at least one panic attack. Among people who play golf, these figures fell to 22.5% for stress, 11.9% for anxiety, 8.7% for depression and 3.0% for panic attacks. The data also reveals that even watching golf on TV appears to have a positive effect on the viewer’s mental health, with golf viewers reporting below-average incidences of anxiety, depression, panic attacks and stress.

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ROY MORGAN RESEARCH LIMITED

Lawyers step in to calm work worries

Original article by Katie Walsh
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 33 : 9-Oct-15

It is estimated that employees’ mental health issue cost Australian businesses about $A10bn per year in terms of lost productivity, absenteeism and claims for compensation. Alice DeBoos of law firm K&L Gates says many employers now seek advice from lawyers on how to deal with mental health issues in the workplace. She notes that there has also been a sharp rise in claims for anxiety disorders, particularly in the professional services sector.

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K&L GATES LLP, PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS AUSTRALIA (INTERNATIONAL) PTY LTD, BEYOND BLUE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, HOLDING REDLICH, MAURICE BLACKBURN PTY LTD, 7-ELEVEN STORES PTY LTD

Sleeping uneasy: insomnia more likely to affect women

Original article by Roy Morgan Research
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 7-Sep-15

A Roy Morgan Single Source survey has found that 12 per cent of Australians aged 14+ suffered from insomnia in the year to March 2015. The survey also shows that 16 per cent of Australian women experience insomnia, compared with just eight per cent of men. Meanwhile, 33 per cent of insomniacs have a Body Mass Index (BMI) that is classified as obese, compared with 26 per cent for the average Australian. Insomniacs are also much more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression or stress than the average Australian.

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ROY MORGAN RESEARCH LIMITED

Rising unemployment among young Aussies matched by increasing anxiety, depression and stress

Original article by Roy Morgan Research
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 25-May-15

A Roy Morgan Single Source survey has found that 9.5 per cent of Australians aged 18-24 were looking for work in 2010. This figure had almost doubled to 18.9 per cent by the end of 2014. Meanwhile, the proportion of 18-24 year-olds who reported experiencing anxiety in an average 12 months has risen from 11.2 per cent to 23 per cent over the last five years, which is the highest incidence of any age group and well above the national average of 16.6 per cent. The survey also shows that proportion of 18-24 year-olds affected by stress has grown from 24 per cent to 33.7 per cent, while the incidence of depression has increased from 11.3 per cent to 19.4 per cent.

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ROY MORGAN RESEARCH LIMITED