Summary of key findings
- 12% of Australians reported experiencing levels of stress in the severe range.
- Young adults reported experiencing significantly higher levels of stress and significantly lower levels of wellbeing than the general population.
- 1 in 3 Australians reported experiencing depressive symptoms with 10% of these being in the severe range.
- 1 in 4 Australians reported experiencing anxiety with 9% of these in the severe range.
- Young adults (18 to 25 years of age) reported significantly higher levels of anxiety and depression than the general population.
- Although women reported significantly higher levels of perceived stress than did men, this did not lead to differences in reported levels of anxiety, depression and wellbeing.
- Those experiencing family or recent relationship breakdown and those separated reported significantly higher levels of stress and distress on all measures. If the relationship breakdown had occurred more than one year earlier, reported stress levels were the same as for the general population.
- Education and income were associated with higher levels of wellbeing and lower levels of stress.
- Women were significantly more likely to identify family issues and personal health issues as sources of stress while men were more likely to be concerned with the economy and the political climate.
- 30% of people identified the workplace as a source of stress with younger people more likely to report work stress than older adults.
- The most effective strategies for managing stress were reported to be spending time with friends (60%) followed by listening to music (55%) and watching television (55%).
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