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Previous research finds that…

  • One in five Australians aged 16-85 years old experience mental illness in any year (Black Dog Institute).
  • 4 million people experienced a common mental disorder in 2015 (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare).
  • 54% of Australians with a mental illness do not access any treatment (Mindframe).
  • Women are more likely than men to use services for mental health problems (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2008).
  • The annual cost of mental illness in Australia has been estimated at $20 billion (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2008).
  • The internet and other online-based support services have become increasingly popular in the last decade, especially for young people (Kauer, 2014).

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