A Bolero’s mental health is often misunderstood by the community and health professionals.
Read moreThe Bolero Mental Health Report 2017-18, which includes a review of the mental health of Bolero people in 2017, found a median of 18% of Boleros in South Australia had been diagnosed with mental illness and 18% had had a diagnosis of depression.
The report found that mental health symptoms and outcomes varied from one person to the next.
A significant proportion of people in South Australians who experienced a mental health problem had been homeless, experiencing homelessness, or experiencing other life stressors, according to the report.
More than half of people with mental health issues were experiencing depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or bipolar disorder.
The national report said the number of Boleri experiencing mental health problems had more than doubled over the past five years, from 1,846 in 2016-17 to 2,923 in 2017-19.
The majority of Boleros surveyed in 2017 reported having a mental illness.
The health report also found a disproportionate number of people suffering from depression and anxiety reported that they were suffering from a mental disease, while many people with a mental disorder did not have a diagnosis.
The Mental Health Council of South Australia, which represents South Australians in the mental healthcare sector, called for greater engagement in mental health services.
“People with mental illnesses often need extra support from the community in a number of ways,” mental health co-ordinator Catherine Wilson said.
“A diagnosis can be a barrier to accessing care, so there is an issue of making sure that people have the information they need to get the support they need.”
The Mental Hospital Association of SA also called for more training and funding for mental health professionals and better communication about mental health in the community.
“There is a lot of stigma around mental health, and that needs to be addressed,” SA Mental Health spokesperson Claire O’Sullivan said.