Thousands opt out of My Health Record

They were encouraged by mental health groups who want people to ditch it

About 20,000 managed to opt out of the My Health Record on Monday, despite website glitches.

Monday was the first day of the opt-out window.

People reported being concerned about possible cyber-security threats and privacy breaches.

The exodus has been further encouraged by mental health bodies, who issued a warning on Wednesday that signing up risked health inequalities and discrimination.

Consumers of Mental Health WA, the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council and NSW peak organisation Being said the risk of privacy breaches was too high, especially for children and those affected by family violence.

"We've joined together to tell people with mental illness —'If you're in doubt, opt out'," said Shauna Gaebler, CEO of Consumers of Mental Health WA.

The government has opened a three-month opt-out window, ending on 15 October, for people who do not want a record created for