Cost of mental illness to our community

Mental illness is the single largest contributor to the disability burden in Victoria and accounts for 70 per cent of the disease burden in young people1.

The estimated cost of mental health problems to Victoria is $5.4 billion a year, of which $2.7 billion is lost productivity and workforce participation2.


1 The Boston Consulting Group 2006. Improving mental health outcomes in Victoria: the next wave of reform. Melbourne.
2 Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care 2000. Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention for Mental Health – A Monograph, Mental Health and Special Programs Branch. Canberra, p36.