Treatment rate for mental disorders soars

APN NewsdeskTHE number of Australians seeking help with mental health problems grew more than 10% between 2006-07 and 2009-10.

The findings were part of new research funded by beyondblue, released on Monday.

Report author Professor Harvey Whiteford found the treatment rate for mental disorders soared - growth not seen in other countries over the same period.

The research reinforced the need to grow community awareness of mental health issues, beyondblue chief executive Kate Carnell argued.

She said it was "wonderful news" that more people were seeking help, and taking "the first step" was often difficult from those suffering.

"Self-awareness and recognising the problems was the prompt to get help for 16% of people in 2007 but increased to 28% in 2012," she said.

"Stigma has reduced over the same period, with the number of people who thought people with depression are dangerous fell from 32% to 24%."