Identifying why people slip through the gaps or
do not receive the mental health care they need
Lived Experience Australia (LEA) conducted a national survey covering a three-week period from 12 October 2020 – 2 November 2020 distributed through LEA’s data base and social media as well as to other consumer and/or carer organisations with 535 people entering the survey.
What makes these ‘Missing Middle’ collective reports different from others, is this is the first survey of its kind to seek and reflect the perspectives of both consumers AND carers about engagement and disengagement from mental health supports and falling through the gaps.
Furthermore, it is the only survey which explicitly asked why people disengage and what it would take for them to re-engage with mental health services.
LEA has been the vehicle through which people with lived experience have been able to contribute to this ground-breaking analysis of the ‘Missing Middle’, a term which is gaining popularity, but which in reading the many powerful comments within this and the companion document “the Missing Middle: Our Voices” Report, is both compelling and confronting.
We have a number of research reports available as shown below:
The Missing Middle
This report provides a collection of the voices of consumers, families and carers in responding to the survey. Every statistic in the reports has a face behind it, and this report faithfully reports the joint experiences of consumers, families and carers in a way that cannot be ignored.