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Mental Health Report Card on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Social and Emotional Wellbeing

This 2013 report provides detail behind the wider story of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and how this impacts and influences their mental health and wellbeing.

This report is a supplementary paper for our 2012 National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention and tells a fictional story that reflects the diversity of the journey of different communities and generations.

This report highlights that improving the mental wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities should be prioritised by including mental health as an additional target in the ‘Closing the Gap’ program.

The report was released on National Close the Gap Day 2013.


The Mental Health and Social and Emotional Wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Families and Communities

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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.