The facts

For years now, Beyond Blue has been doing as much work as possible to encourage people to learn about the symptoms and types of stress, anxiety and depression, which they could face or may already be experiencing.

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

Beyond Blue hopes to provide everyone, young and old, with information to recognise how depression, anxiety and suicide can affect people, and simple strategies to understand what to do if it happens to them, or someone close to them.

Learn more about the evidence-based and helpful information available below.

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What is mental health

Mental health is about wellness rather than illness, and means being able to take satisfaction and pleasure in everyday life.

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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 and there are many types of anxiety.



Women are more likely to experience depression and anxiety during pregnancy and the year following birth.



On average, nine people in Australia take their own lives every day, yet suicide is largely preventable.

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Self harm/Self-injury

Self-harm refers to people deliberately hurting themselves. 


Treatment options

There are different treatments, health professionals and services available to help with depression and anxiety, and there are many things you can do to help yourself.


Who can provide support

There are plenty of effective treatments for anxiety and depression, and the sooner you seek support, the sooner you can recover.


Recovery/Staying well 

Recovery can take time and be different for everyone. While psychological and/or medical treatment can help with your recovery, there are many other things you can do to get better.


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.

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