Learn about mental health

In Australia, around 1 in 2 people will struggle with their mental health during their lifetime.

Learning about mental health will help you look after your social and emotional wellbeing. It will also help you support people close to you.

It's important to get support early if you're feeling unsettled or struggling. We've got information and resources about the signs and symptoms to watch out for and where to find support.

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What is mental health?

We've developed a mental health continuum to help you understand and talk about social and emotional wellbeing.

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It can also help you decide what steps to take to look after your mental health right now.

What is mental health?

Looking after your mental health

Staying well is about finding a balance that works for you. Things that can help include:

  • reducing and managing your stress levels
  • maintaining a healthy lifestyle
  • cutting back on alcohol and drugs
  • taking action early if you're feeling unsettled or struggling.

Staying well

Find information, stories, tips and strategies to help you achieve your best possible mental health.

Maintaining wellbeing

Anxiety

When anxious feelings don't go away, happen without any particular reason or make it hard to cope with daily life it may be the sign of an anxiety condition.

Anxiety conditions affect 1 in 4 people in Australia and they are treatable.

Learn about anxiety

Depression

We all feel sad, moody or low sometimes, it’s a normal part of life. If these feelings come and stay for more than 2 weeks it might be a sign that you have depression.

Depression affects 1 in 7 people in Australia and it is treatable.

Learn about depression

Suicide

Learn the warning signs, how to talk about it, what to do after a suicide attempt, and support if you've lost someone to suicide.

1 in 6 Australians will have thoughts of suicide at some point during their lives. Support is available.

Learn about suicide

10 anxiety management strategies to try

There’s a range of strategies you can try by yourself to manage anxiety.

These include relaxation techniques, spending time with family and friends, eating well and staying active.

Learn about anxiety management strategies

Factors affecting mental health

A mental health crisis can affect any of us at any time. Some events can put us at greater risk:

  • losing someone close
  • separation and divorce
  • experiencing natural disasters
  • starting a family
  • unemployment
  • trauma
  • physical illness, such as COVID-19
  • increased drug and alcohol use.

Learn about how these factors can affect your mental health, and what you can do about it.

Factors affecting mental health

Managing your mental health

Staying well is about finding a balance that works for you, but there are some general principles that most people find useful.

Mental health check-in

Take the time to check-in on your mental health.

Completing the check-in will help you understand what kind of support you might need right now. We’re here to help you find that support.

It’s an evidence-based tool which asks you 10 questions about the feelings you’ve been having over the past 4 weeks. It’s sometimes called the “K10” and is widely used by GPs and mental health professionals.

Mental health check-in

Supporting someone else

Support from family and friends can make a big difference for someone who's unsettled, struggling or in crisis. Find tips on how to support someone.

Supporting someone

Resources to help you learn about mental health

Journey to recovery - personal stories

3 million Australians are living with anxiety or depression. Hearing their stories of recovery can help you imagine your own journey.

More personal stories of anxiety and depression