Year: 2010 Source: Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, v.7, article no.3, (2010), p.1-10 SIEC No: 20100240

This study determines the trend in mental health-related mortality (defined as the aggregation of suicide & deaths coded as mental/behavioural disorders), & its relative numerical importance, & to argue that this has importance to policy makers. Results show the temporal trend in mental health-related mortality rates has worsened through time. There are no gains. This trend contrasts with gains in longevity from All Causes & the gains from decreases achieved in previously rising mortality rates from circulatory diseases & motor vehicle accidents. Potential-years-of-life-lost calculation shows mental health-related mortality is a proportionately greater cause of death compared with applying headcount metrics. (82 refs.)