The numbers of young people,
and people who have intentionally self-harmed, continue to attend hospital in
The independent report released
today by the Bureau of Health Information, Healthcare
in Focus: People’s use and experiences of mental health care in NSW, highlights
intentional self-harm, youth mental health, and emergency department use by
people with mental health issues.
The NSW Government is investing
a record $2.1 billion into mental health services and infrastructure for people
living with mental illness, their families and carers.
Dr Nigel Lyons, NSW Health
Deputy Secretary, said the report also shows most people receiving mental
health services in the community and hospitals are young people, with emergency
department presentations and admitted episodes for 15-24 year olds up 23 per
cent over four years.
“NSW has around 700 mental
health facilities, including more than 50 hospitals with mental health units
and more than 500 community mental health teams. Each year they provide more
than 40,000 episodes of hospital care and more than 3 million community
contacts to more than 130,000 community clients,” Dr Lyons said.
“It is no surprise to see
high numbers of young people using mental health services, with the average age
of onset for most mental health conditions in the early twenties.
“These numbers show our efforts
to reduce stigma are making a difference, as increasing numbers of people
seeking care may represent an increased willingness to seek treatment.”
Dr Lyons said the also report
highlights the large number of people in NSW accessing health services to help
them with intentional self-harm.
“Every life lost to suicide
is a tragedy. Suicide prevention is everybody’s business and there is still
much work to do.”
“The NSW Government has
launched an investment of $87 million over three years to implement the
Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention 2018-2023. This will complement the
NSW Premier’s Priority of reducing the suicide rate by 20 per cent by 2023,” he
NSW is committed to
delivering mental health care in the least restrictive environment, which in
most cases will be community care. The NSW Government is continuing to shift
more care into the community through the NSW Mental Health Reform, which is
allocated over $100 million in the 2019-20 budget.
If you or someone you know needs crisis support,
phone Lifeline on 13 11 14. For mental health services in your local area call
the NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511.