Men, mental health and help-seeking behaviour

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, men with mental disorders are less likely to have used services for their mental health problems in the past 12 months.

The data also revealed that that if we calculate the number of people with mental disorders who don’t access services, we discover that there are slightly more women (13.2%) who fall into this category than men (12.8%).

While this data is often presented a evidence that men with mental health issues don’t get help, the fact that this research also reveals that the majority of people who have mental disorders but aren’t getting help from services are in fact women, is rarely highlighted.

Group Male Female
People with a mental disorder in the previous 12 months 17.6% 22.3%
Proportion of people with a 12 month mental disorder who have accessed services 27.5 40.7
Proportion of people with a mental disorder who have not accessed services in the past 12 months 72.5 59.3
Proportion of the population with a 12 month of mental disorder who aren’t accessing services 12.8 13.2



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