According to Australian Bureau of Statistics data, two in five people, or 8.6 million Australians aged 16–85 years, had experienced a mental disorder at some time in their life and 15.4 per cent of Australians experienced high- or very-high levels of psychological distress. Due to isolation or reasons beyond their control, people do not always have access to the services and support they are entitled to. Lack of awareness of available services is a significant factor in this disconnection. Many people living with mental health issues do not reach out to mental health services and help-seeking is often absent or is a late-stage occurrence.
Assisting Communities through Direct Connection (ACDC), a project of Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA), engages householders in conversations at their door about mental health and wellbeing, provides information to people who may not know about the services available, and can connect people to mental health and wellbeing services and supports in their communities.
Find more information at acdc.org.au