Statistics and Indicators

Mental health conditions - children


    Mental health conditions, 5-17 years, ACT General Health Survey, 2020


    In 2020, 13.9% of respondents to the ACT General Health Survey aged 5-17 years reported that they had been diagnosed with anxiety in the last 12 months, 3.7% with depression, 5.4% with a stress-related problem and 5.0% with another mental health condition. 

    Note: The indicator shows self-reported data collected through Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI). Estimates were weighted to adjust for differences in the probability of selection among respondents and were benchmarked to the estimated residential population using the latest available Australian Bureau of Statistics population estimates.

    Responses for children aged 5-15 years were provided by the parent/carer who knows the most about the child's health. Persons includes male, female, other and refused sex respondents and may not always add to the sum of male and female.

    The following estimates have a relative standard error between 25% and 50% and should be used with caution:

    • 2018: persons reporting depression, males reporting depression, females reporting anxiety, males reporting a stress-related problem, males reporting another mental health condition
    • 2020: males reporting depression, males reporting a stress-related problem and females reporting another mental health condition

    The following estimates have not been reported due to small numbers:

    • 2018: females reporting depression, females reporting a stress-related problem, females reporting another mental health condition

    Statistically significant differences are difficult to detect for smaller jurisdictions such as the Australian Capital Territory. Sometimes, even large apparent differences may not be statistically significant. This is particularly the case in breakdowns of small populations because the small sample size means that there is not enough power to identify even large differences as statistically significant.

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