This indicator shows the percentage of people who experienced high or very high levels of psychological distress at some stage over a four week period.

Mental health status (psychological distress)

This indicator shows the percentage of people 15 and over who experienced high or very high levels of psychological distress in the past four weeks using the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K10).

The K10 Scale measures how often a person experiences non-specific psychological distress, such as feeling nervous, depressed or hopeless in the past four weeks. People who receive a score of 12 or more have a high probability of having an anxiety or depressive disorder.

In 2018/19,

8.2%
of New Zealanders aged 15 and over had experienced high or very high levels of psychological distress in the past four weeks

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Where a person reported more than one ethnic group, they were counted in each applicable group. Series (low) and series (high) refer to the lower and upper confidence limits at the 95% level.

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