People not coping with mental illness are often among the 35,000 Australians who go missing each year, the Australian Federal Police say.

Launching National Missing Persons Week in Adelaide on Monday Australian Federal Police (AFP) Deputy Commissioner Andrew Colvin said it was important family and friends of those at risk recognised the signs of people struggling and at risk of going missing.

"Research shows that one of the factors which may contribute to someone going missing is poor mental health and the impact that has on a person's ability to cope with life's challenges, Mr Colvin said.

"The 2013 campaign aims to encourage people to look out for signs that someone they know may not be coping and to seek help before they disappear."

South Australian police Deputy Commissioner Grant Stevens said a prevention-based approach raised awareness of how mental illness contributed to a person's likelihood of going missing.

"People suffering from a mental illness may go missing because they believe there is no alternative, he said.

"We want to reassure anyone who is struggling to cope that they do have options and help is available."

The first Missing Persons Week was held in 1988, prompted by the disappearance in Queensland of Tony Jones who has not been seen since leaving Townsville to hitchhike to Mt Isa in 1982.


Publishing Services International Limited (PSIL) is the publisher and operator of a worldwide network of online news sites dedicated to delivering fair, accurate and relevant reporting from a variety of the world’s most trusted sources – from the biggest cities to the smallest towns.

We deliver positive and powerful messages to our readers, providing up‑to‑the‑second news that matters to the individual.

Our promise is to serve communities and individuals worldwide, delivering information that hasn’t always been available to them. We will give them back a voice – a voice that’s empowering because it is theirs – and provide a platform to communicate between themselves and the world.

We believe people are not just generic demographics; they are individuals with their own preferences and curiosities. We are about understanding these individuals, listening to them, and serving them.

We are the new pioneering spirit of news – we’re not talking to everyone, we’re talking with every one.

If you want your news, your voice, your way, on your time – we’ve got news for you.




If you have any questions or concerns please email us on


  • Australia, Toll Free 1-800-983-421
  • Hong Kong, Toll Free 800-906-187
  • Singapore, Toll Free 800-852-3871
  • USA/Canada, Toll Free 1-800-830-4132

Advertise With Us

Interested in being awesome?
Contact us by email or phone.