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The National Stigma Report Card presents the findings from Our Turn to Speak, the most comprehensive survey of its kind in Australia.

The findings strongly reinforce the importance of continuing to work collaboratively to build an Australia free from stigma and discrimination.
SANE Australia and our partners will use the National Stigma Report Card to drive meaningful, systemic change that sees people affected by complex mental health issues being supported and included as equal members of our community.

Recommendations by life domain


Relationships play an important role in all our lives. Connection with others – whether they be family members, friends or romantic partners – can improve wellbeing and provide support during challenging times.


Having something meaningful to do is vital for mental health. Being employed can contribute to our sense of purpose and accomplishment.  

Healthcare services

Access to healthcare is critical to supporting physical and mental health and wellbeing. Mental health issues often occur in the context of physical problems. 

Social media

Social media has become an almost ubiquitous part of our lives, helping us to connect with others and the world around us.

Top 10 data points


7.3% of participants said they had been most affected by stigma about mental health issues when accessing financial and insurance services.

On average, 67% said they expected to experience future stigma and discrimination in this area of their lives, like being treated unfairly by banking or insurance providers, being unfairly denied access to banking or insurance products or having their banking or insurance products unfairly suspended or cancelled.

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6.1% of participants said they had been most affected by stigma about mental health issues when accessing housing and homelessness services.

On average, 60% said they had avoided important things, like reporting maintenance issues or making complaints to household members, housing officials or landlords, or applying for private rental properties, public or community housing, or homelessness services.

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Real people, real stories

The National Stigma Report Card is not just about numbers. Stigma and discrimination have a very real impact on the lives of people living with complex mental health issues.

The voices of people with lived experience must not only be heard, but also be the cornerstone of policy decisions and system redesign, to ensure change is effective and sustainable.
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Explore the data

Our online data explorer is an interactive tool which allows you to explore the Our Turn to Speak findings further.

You can compare survey results from different life domains, mental health issues, and demographics.