This fact sheet focuses on young people aged 16–24 years. Information is drawn from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing (SMHWB). It should be noted that the SMHWB excluded persons in hospitals, nursing and convalescent homes and hospices, hence the data relate only to people in private dwellings.
Information was collected on selected mental disorders that were considered to have the highest rates of prevalence in the population, and that were identifiable through an interviewer-based survey. The survey used a structured diagnostic interview, the World Mental Health Survey Initiative version of the World Health Organization's Composite International Diagnostic Interview, version 3.0 (WMH-CIDI 3.0).
This article focuses on young people (aged 16–24 years) who met criteria for a diagnosis of a lifetime mental disorder and who experienced symptoms in the 12 months prior to the survey. See: Mental Health of Young People (cat. no. 4840.0.55.001) for further information.