ACTGHS receiving mental health treatment, children

ACTGHS receiving mental health treatment, children


    Proportion of children aged 5 to 17 years with a mental health condition who are currently receiving treatment, ACT General Health Survey, 2011-2021

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    66.8% of respondents to the 2021 ACT General Health Survey aged 5-17 years who had been told by a doctor that they have a mental health condition were currently receiving treatment for it. Males were slightly more likely to report that they were receiving treatment for a mental health condition than females in 2021, however this difference was not statistically significant (males: 70.1%; females: 60.0%). 

    For the purpose of reporting the ACT General Health Survey data on HealthStats, if the 95% confidence intervals of the estimates do not overlap, they are considered to be significantly different.

    Note: The indicator shows self-reported data collected through Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI). Estimates were weighted to adjust for differences in the probability of selection among respondents and were benchmarked to the estimated residential population using the latest available Australian Bureau of Statistics population estimates.

    Data for children are not collected every third year (i.e. 2019 and 2022).

    Responses for children aged 5-15 years were provided by the parent/carer who knows the most about the child's health. Persons includes respondents who identified as male, female, other and those who refused to answer and may not always add to the sum of male and female.

    Statistically significant differences are difficult to detect for smaller jurisdictions such as the Australian Capital Territory. Sometimes, even large apparent differences may not be statistically significant. This is particularly the case in breakdowns of small populations because the small sample size means that there is not enough power to identify even large differences as statistically significant.

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    Q. Are you currently receiving treatment for anxiety, depression, stress-related problems or any other mental health problem?

    Yes; No, Don't know; Refused

    Don't know and refused responses were excluded from analysis.

    A copy of the ACT General Health Survey questionnaires can be found under the Epidemiology Survey Program tab within the Data Collection page: