Mental health services activity monitoring: quarterly data

Services activity monitoring can provide valuable insights into how the mental health system is providing services and responding to changing population needs and events such as the COVID-19 pandemic, natural disasters, and policy changes. 

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Performance indicators

A number of different mental health indicator sets have been developed over time to measure the performance and progress in the delivery of services across the mental health sector. Performance indicators are generally developed for a specific purpose, for example, measuring changes after commitment to a national strategy.

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The AIHW’s Suicide and self-harm monitoring system provides further analysis of the impact of the pandemic on psychological distress and deaths by suicide. While there has been a rise in the use of mental health services and an increase in psychological distress during the pandemic, there is no evidence that suspected deaths by suicide increased in 2020 and 2021 compared to previous years. More information can be found in Suspected deaths by suicide on the AIHW suicide and self-harm monitoring website.