Mental Health Literacy Study

Date published

31 May 2018

Thankyou to all who participated in our Mental Health Literacy Survey! The Survey is now closed and we received a huge response, the 5 lucky winners of the $100 vouchers have been contacted. With these results we will be producing a research report, and make recommendations about mental health services in Australia. We’ll release a public report on what we find in early 2019. The report will be available on our research page.

Mental health conditions are common, with one in five Australians experiencing a mental health condition in any one year. Few Australians access the available services and treatments that could help them with their mental health. Are Australians failing to recognise mental health symptoms? Or are they unable or unwilling to access appropriate services?  

With our research partners at the Australian Catholic University (ACU), the Royal Flying Doctor Service is conducting a study about Mental Health Literacy in Australia. This research will assist in understanding how much Australians know about mental health conditions and provide insight into what needs to be done to improve services. 

The following survey can be completed by anyone, regardless of where you live. We want to hear from people in major cities, inner or outer regional areas, and remote and very remote areas. Please help us by completing the survey and by sharing it with your family and friends. 

You could win 1 of 5 $100 Coles/Myer gift cards. 

Completing this 20 minute survey will help us work out:

  • Whether additional mental health services are needed in some parts of Australia;
  • What kind of services are needed; and
  • Whether services should be targeted to specific groups of people.  

Some people may feel upset after answering survey questions about mental health conditions. If you feel upset, you may wish to speak to someone about how you are feeling. If you need immediate assistance, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For further information about mental health conditions, contact beyondblue on 1300 22 4636 or or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust.

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To find out more, or to complete this survey, click here or copy the following URL into your web browser 

Principal Researchers: 

Dr Lara Bishop, RFDS,

Professor John Gleeson, ACU,

This project was reviewed by the Human Research Ethics Committee at Australian Catholic University (Ethics Register Number 2018-108E). If you have any complaints or concerns about the conduct of the project, you may write to the Manager of the Human Research Ethics Committee, c/o Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research), Australian Catholic University, PO Box 968 North Sydney, NSW 2059 or email them at

Note: The researchers are happy for you to repost this link. However, if you decide to repost this link, make comments about this survey in online forums, or ‘share’ it on other online sites, you should be aware of the potential dangers of accidental public exposure of your own personal details, identifiable information and that of others.