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2013 National Report Card

A Contributing Life: the 2013 National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention is our second Report Card and continues the National Mental Health Commission's commitment for change, building upon the foundations and whole of life scope established in our inaugural Report Card.

This Report Card is accompanied by a Technical Report that provides detailed commentary on the data, and a supplementary paper, Reporting Back, on the 2012 priorities and recommendations and a set of literature reviews.

The Commission has a core commitment to keeping people with lived experience at the heart of all we do. The videos from the 2013 Report Card show us the breadth of individual experiences and the impact of mental health difficulties, beyond just the facts and figures.

You can visit our YouTube channel to view these personal stories and perspectives as well as video highlights from the launch including a speech by Professor Allan Fels.

Report documents


2013 National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

PDF, 8.23 MB

2013 National Report Summary

PDF, 1.64 MB

Reporting back on the 2012 Report Card

PDF, 384.95 KB

Technical Report

PDF, 815.19 KB

Literature reviews


Approaches that support recovery, including early intervention

PDF, 864.15 KB

One person, diverse needs living with mental health and alcohol and drug difficulties

PDF, 1.18 MB

Strengthening community understanding

PDF, 1.51 MB

The justice system and mental health

PDF, 1.09 MB

Transitioning from education to independence

PDF, 898.25 KB

What works in suicide prevention

PDF, 1.37 MB
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Acknowledgement of Country

The Commission acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands throughout Australia.
We pay our respects to their clans, and to the elders, past present and emerging, and acknowledge their continuing connection to land, sea and community.


The Commission is committed to embracing diversity and eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of health services. The Commission welcomes all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Lived Experience

We acknowledge the individual and collective contributions of those with a lived and living experience of mental ill-health and suicide, and those who love, have loved and care for them. Each person’s journey is unique and a valued contribution to Australia’s commitment to mental health suicide prevention systems reform.