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Mental health and wellbeing

Anxiety conditions

Anxiety can help us remain alert and be ready for challenges, but for 1 in 8 Australians, anxiety is a disorder that can impact everyday life.

Building healthy relationships

Just because you love each other doesn’t mean you will communicate well. Healthy relationships take work – nurture your relationship with these tips.

Bullying and harassment

It comes in many forms – such as verbal, physical or online abuse – and bullying can leave the target feeling weak, helpless and even responsible.

Depression

There’s more to depression than ‘the blues’. If you’re sad for weeks, lack energy or no longer enjoy things you used to, you could be depressed.

Eating disorders

An estimated 1 million Australians experience a type of eating or body image disorder. But treatment is available to help them lead healthier lives.

Good mental health

How can you achieve good mental health? Practising showing gratitude or giving to others are examples, but there are also many other ways.

Grief and loss

It’s the natural emotional response to losing someone who was close to you, but grief can also follow serious illness, divorce or other loss.

Healthy sleep habits

Also known as ‘sleep hygiene’, good sleep habits – while not easy to master – can boost your productivity and how you feel. Start with these tips.

Mental health professionals

Mental health isn’t the area of psychologists and psychiatrists alone. Discover the different types of mental health workers available to you.

Mental health services

Learn how to navigate the Australian mental health system and its helpful services – and find out about any potential costs.

Mental illness

One in 5 Australians will experience a mental illness in any given year, and although only two thirds will seek help, mental illness is treatable.

Mindfulness

Research shows that mindfulness – focusing on the present – can improve memory and reduce stress, and it’s a technique that anyone can practise.

Mood disorders

Depression and bipolar disorder can make it hard to function in relationships or at work, but help is available. Learn more about mood disorders here.

Paranoia

Many people, at times, feel paranoid. Paranoia is a state of mind in which a person believes that others are trying to harm them.

Personality disorders

Learn more about the diagnoses and treatments for personality disorders, such as borderline personality and narcissistic personality.

Psychosis

Psychosis (marked by delusions or hallucinations, such as hearing voices that aren’t there) is treatable, but its causes are a mystery to researchers.

Schizophrenia

Despite what many think, people with schizophrenia don’t have a ‘split personality’ and very few are violent. Learn more about this mental illness.

Self-harm

This condition, which can involve cutting the skin, alcohol misuse or an eating disorder, is often a way of coping with low self-esteem or trauma.

Signs of mental health issues

Can you spot the difference between a bad mood and something more serious? These 9 signs could point to a mental health issue in someone you love.

Stigma

A person with a broken ankle isn’t defined by their health – nor should a person with mental illness. Learn to combat the stigma of mental illness.

Stress

The ‘fight or flight’ response can help us, but in the long term, chronic stress can have damaging effects. Discover ways to keep calm and carry on.

Substance abuse and mental health

Alcohol and drug abuse is a major cause of mental illness, while people with a mental illness are also more prone to substance use disorders.

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