Mental health patients feel needs not met despite rise in services

The finding comes from a Monash University comparison of the 1997 and 2007 national surveys of mental health and wellbeing of around 10,600 and 8800 people respectively.

The researchers found the number of people who said they needed counselling but were not getting it declined from 20% to 12%, and the number wanting information on treatment also declined, during the decade.

But despite more services, the proportion of people saying their needs were sufficiently met after consulting a GP, psychiatrist or psychologist did not change between the two time points, remaining at around half.

Lead author Professor Graham Meadows, director of the Southern Adult Mental Health Research, Training and Evaluation Centre, Melbourne, said the study suggested the perceived effectiveness of mental health interventions had not improved.

“There seems to be, based on this dataset at least, still quite a way to go to actually improve the quality of what