Mental Health and Wellbeing in the ACT

See this latest report into mental health wellbeing and resilience in the ACT.

Stressful life events, high job insecurity and strain, and financial hardship were among the most significant contributing factors to poor mental wellbeing.

Report summary

The ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing in the ACT’ report showcases results from the Personality and Total Health (PATH) Through Life Project, which studied residents of Canberra and Queanbeyan over the last 12 years.

Higher levels of physical activity were found to be associated with better mental health while those undertaking a moderate level of volunteer work were also found to maintain wellbeing.

While a majority of Canberra residents experience good mental health, younger adults, particularly younger women, and carers of another with a disability were also found to be vulnerable.

The ACT Government has a strong commitment to the promotion of mental health and wellbeing, the prevention of mental illness and suicide and the provision of early intervention for those experiencing mental illness.

Since 2001, the ACT Government has increased recurrent spending on mental health from $27.4 million in 2001 - 2002, to $77.8 million in 2009 - 2010, an increase of 183%.

The 2011-12 Budget includes $1 million annually for service expansion.