The surprising research on mental health

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We know, we know. We’ve been banging on about mental health drum a fair bit lately. R U OK? Day in September has led on to Mental Health Month, October. But, we promise that this read will be worthwhile. There has been some great research lately that we don’t want you to miss out on.

The latest research from Roy Morgan suggests that for sufferers of stress, anxiety, panic attacks and depression, hope is on the horizon.

As you can see from the graph below, these mental health issues trend downwards from the ages of 49 and onwards.

For people suffering, this research shows that our mental health can get better and that there are brighter times ahead.

Leading Mental Health conditions by age in years

Leading Mental Health conditions by age in years (graph)

Roy Morgan says that 79-year-olds have the best mental health, which may be a long way off for some people (or behind). 

A few more interesting stats:

  • anxiety peaks at age 28
  • depression peaks at age 48
  • panic attacks peak at age 18


It’s real. Mental health on the rise

Comparing Roy Morgan’s 2019 research to the same study in 2011, the rise in mental health conditions is extraordinary:

  • stress ↑ 38.2%
  • anxiety ↑ 108.3%
  • depression ↑ 41.2%
  • panic attacks ↑ 73.7%

The findings come at a time when mental health is the number one reason why patients see their GP, according to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners’ Health of the Nation 2019.


Don’t ride it out, seek help

Despite the optimistic future, don’t take this research the wrong way. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, seek help right away. 

Lifeline can be reached on 13 11 14 24/7 for crisis support or you can see your GP.


What support does Peoplecare offer? 

Peoplecare offers a 6-week mental health program called MindStep to help manage the symptoms of anxiety or depression. For all the details and eligibility, visit this page

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