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The Productivity Commission examines ‘mental health’

Mental health is a hot topic in the media, in public policy, in elite sport, in the armed forces and in the legal system. Children, like young adults, are said to be vulnerable. One in five of the population are reported to have experienced, or are expected to experience, a mental-health problem. No one is immune, even tycoons and celebrities: in 2018 James Packer was reported to have taken indefinite sick leave to deal with a ‘mental health problem’. The issue also feels very personal: ‘hey, every day is a real struggle for me too!’

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