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In 2014–15, 1 in 4 clients, or 63,000 people, who received assistance from a specialist homelessness agency were identified as having a current mental health issue.
The number of clients presenting with a current mental health issue has been increasing since the beginning of the SHS collection in 2011–12. Key trends identified over the 4 years to 2014–15 have been:
In 2014–15 changes occurred in the way agencies are required to report 'main reason' and 'reasons for seeking assistance'. Comparisons over time should be made with caution as the reporting of housing crisis, financial difficulties and housing affordability stress may be inconsistent between agencies. See Technical information for further details.
Rates are crude rates based on the Australian estimated resident population (ERP) at 30 June of the reference year.
* Indicates where previously published data have been revised to ensure consistent reporting over time. 2011–12 data were revised in December 2013 but not previously reported in this format.
The denominator for the proportion achieving all case management goals is the number of client groups with a case management plan. Denominator values for proportions are provided in the relevant national supplementary table.
Source: Specialist homelessness services Annual Reports 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14 and 2014–15.
Similar to the broader SHS population, the majority of clients with a current mental health issue were female (58%). Nearly half of all clients with a current mental health issue (46%, or 29,300), were aged between 25 and 44 (Figure MH.1).
Source: Specialist homelessness services 2014–15, National supplementary table MH.1 (702KB XLS).
clients with a current mental health issue needed short term or emergency accommodation; 65% were provided assistance.
Of those clients with a current mental health issue, almost 20,000 identified a need for mental health based services with:
Compared with the general SHS population, clients with a current mental health issue were more likely to identify a need for:
High proportions of clients with a current mental health issue also identified as needing:
Note: Excludes 'Other basic assistance', 'Advice/information', and 'Advocacy/liaison on behalf of client'.
Source: Specialist homelessness services 2014–15, National supplementary table MH.3 (702KB XLS).
For clients with a current mental health issue and who had closed support:
Most clients were housed at the end of support with (Figure MH.3):
Source: Specialist homelessness services 2014–15, National supplementary table MH.4 (702KB XLS).
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