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2016 National Report on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

The 2016 National Report on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, considers the factors that will lay the foundations for the Commission’s future monitoring and reporting, with a focus on stories and case studies.

Since the National Mental Health Commission’s (the Commission’s) 2014 Report – The National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services, Australia’s national approach to mental health and suicide prevention has embarked on an essential reform agenda. A prominent area of consensus – and at the core of the reform agenda – is to improve people’s, families’, carers’ and community’s experiences of our systems of care. To do so prioritises people’s expectations about the quality and value of their interactions within those systems.

In the process of putting together the 2016 National Report on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, the Commission gathered examples of local, regional, state/territory and national initiatives that focus on improving mental health outcomes for people families and supporters. This was supported by personal stories from real people and the mental health challenges they face. These stories and case studies are presented to help share insights, knowledge and experience to improve wellbeing for all Australians.


2016 National Report on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

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Personal Stories and Case Studies


Personal Stories

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Case Studies

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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.