Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried. While stress and anxious feelings are a common response to a situation where we feel under pressure, they usually pass once the stressful situation has passed, or ‘stressor’ is removed.

Anxiety is when these anxious feelings don't go away – when they're ongoing and happen without any particular reason or cause. It’s a serious condition that makes it hard to cope with daily life. Everyone feels anxious from time to time, but for someone experiencing anxiety, these feelings aren't easily controlled.

Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average, one in four people – one in three women and one in five men – will experience anxiety at some stage in their life1. In a 12-month period, over two million Australians experience anxiety2.

Anxiety is common, but the sooner people with anxiety get support, the more likely they are to recover.

Supporting someone with anxiety

Supporting someone through anxiety involves different steps and stages, check out how to get on the road to recovery together. 

Find out more
Stigma relating to anxiety

Stigma has an especially big impact on how people experiencing anxiety see themselves and could prevent someone seeking support.

Learn more about stigma

Know when anxiety is talking 

The Beyond Blue “Know When Anxiety is Talking” campaign is about raising understanding and awareness of anxiety, as well as the stigma related to anxiety. 

The second phase of the campaign is “what you’re thinking isn’t what they’re thinking” and highlights the discrepancy between perceived and actual levels of stigma in the community towards people with anxiety.

Look out for more information on TV, search, radio, out-of-home, social media and other digital channels. Below are some videos which feature hopeful narratives of when someone realised others were less judgmental or more supportive of their anxiety than expected.

Be part of our online forum - share and learn from your peers and become part of our online community
Join the discussion
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.

Stay in touch with us

Sign up below for regular emails filled with information, advice and support for you or your loved ones.

All done! You should’ve received a confirmation email, so please check when you’re finished here and click the link in the email. If you can’t see it, we might be in your junk mail.

Subscribe failed. Please try later or contact us.