The facts

Depression and anxiety are common conditions.

Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. In Australia, it's estimated that 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime.1

In any one year, around 1 million Australian adults have depression, and over 2 million have anxiety.2

While depression and anxiety are different conditions, it's not uncommon for them to occur at the same time. Over half of those who experience depression also experience symptoms of anxiety. In some cases, one can lead to the onset of the other. 

On average, 1 in 6 people – 1 in 5 women and 1 in 8 men – will experience depression at some stage of their lives. There are different types of depression. Symptoms can range from minor (but still disabling) through to very severe.

Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average, 1 in 4 people – 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men – will experience anxiety. There are many types of anxiety, each with a range of specific symptoms.

Women are more likely to experience depression and anxiety during pregnancy and the year following birth. Almost 1 in 10 women experience antenatal depression, and 1 in 7 in the postnatal period. Anxiety is likely to be at least as common.

Almost eight Australians take their own lives every day. For every suicide, there are tragic ripple effects for family, friends, colleagues and the broader community.

Self-harm refers to people deliberately hurting themselves. Self-harm/self-injury might be part of your experience now but it doesn't have to be in the future – you can learn to care for yourself emotionally and physically.

The encouraging news is that there's a range of treatments, health professionals and services available to help with depression and anxiety, and there are many things you can do to help yourself.

Recovery from depression and anxiety can take time and everyone's journey is different. While psychological and/or medical treatment can help with your recovery, there are many other things you can do to get better and stay well.

If you're experiencing depression or anxiety, it can be hard to take that first step in getting help. There's a wide range of health professionals who offer a variety of services and treatments to support you.


1. For a full list of references for the statistics on this page, and any others across the website, please visit the references page and search through the relevant category.