General community research

Some of the Group’s research aims to find out more about the mental health of the general community and to develop interventions to improve the mental health of the community in general.

Current studies

Adult participants need for study of helping behaviour

Exploring help giving behaviour towards people with common health problems by members of the public is a research project being conducted by the University of Melbourne. The study involves completing two 15 minute surveys (one now and the other in six months’ time).

By completing both surveys, you can enter a prize draw to win one of two Kindle e-readers! To read more about the study and participate, please click this link.


National Surveys of Mental Health Literacy and Stigma

In 2011, two national surveys were carried out with support from the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. The first involved adults aged 18+ and the second involved young people aged 15-25 years. These surveys gave a snapshot of the current state of the Australian community’s mental health literacy and stigmatizing attitudes towards people with mental health problems, and allowed monitoring of changes over time.  A monograph reporting the main findings is available for download.

Download National Survey of Mental Health Literacy and Stigma 2KB

Download National Survey of Mental Health Literacy and Stigma summary report 2KB

Prevention and treatment of depression by promoting self-help strategies

Mood Memos is an internet intervention which aims to prevent and treat depression by providing email messages to people with depressive symptoms Further information can be found at