In partnership with Smiling Mind and the
University of Newcastle, we've helped to deliver the State of Mind Survey which
found that while Australians are doing well to talk about mental health, it's
time to start taking more action.
The State of Mind Survey was rolled out to
examine Australian attitudes and beliefs in relation to wellbeing and
mindfulness. The main finding amongst the 1,200 Australian surveyed was that
despite 88% of respondents acknowledging mental health is just as important as physical health,
less than a third of Australians take action and seek help.
The findings demonstrated the positive impact
increased awareness of mental health has, with 62% of respondents thinking
about their mental health every day and 75% stating they know what to do to
improve their mental health and wellbeing. However, not enough are translating
this into action.
The results were launched today with a panel-led
discussion with industry leaders, Dr Addie Wootten of Smiling Mind, Dr Moira
Junge from Sleep Health Foundation and the National Mental Health Commissioner,
Lucy Brogden, talking about how we can begin to translate mental health awareness
into action and meaningful impact.
As 1 in 4 Australian teenagers will
suffer from a mental illness, and 75% of all mental illness has its onset
before age 24, it was agreed that placing preventative strategies in place,
such as free access to mindfulness tools, particularly at an early life stage
is proven to help counteract the negative impact of mental health in society. The
survey also showed that 34% of respondents named relationships as the most
important factor in maintaining good mental health, with sleep at a close
second (32%), followed by exercise (15%), meditation (9%)
and diet (5%).
You can find out more about the State of Mind Survey
here and downloading Smiling Mind's free mindfulness mediation app here.