Mental health

Mental Health

Good mental health and wellbeing are key aspects of the ways we live, work and play. We cannot take our mental health for granted.

Mental illness can take a huge toll on individuals and their families, on society and on the economy.

Five facts about mental health

  • About 47% of New Zealanders will experience a mental illness and/or an addiction at some time in their lives, with one in five people affected within one year.
  • According to the World Health Organization, mental illness accounts for 15 percent of the total burden of disease in the developed world, with depression set to become the second leading cause of disability in the world by 2020.
  • 16% of adult New Zealanders have been diagnosed with depression, anxiety disorder and/or bipolar disorder at some point in their lives.
  • Approximately 6% of New Zealanders (aged 15 and over) are predicted to experience a major depressive disorder over a 12-month period.
  • People living in deprived areas are more likely to have been diagnosed with common mental disorders.

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