One million see a GP for mental illness every year

More than one million people accessed MBS mental health services via a GP in 2011, according to a new report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Only 316,000 people accessed similar services from other health professionals, although these people averaged about four extra consultations compared with those who saw a GP.

About 2.35 million people, or 11% of the population, accessed PBS medications for mental health conditions in the same year.