A photo of a family kayaking in the sunrise to illustrate mental health.
Almost half of Australian adults will experience a mental illness at some point in their life. Mood disorders, anxiety, substance abuse and other conditions do not discriminate, and can affect anyone. But support and treatment can help.
You can visit Head to Health, an online gateway funded by the Australian Government that can help you find free and low-cost, trusted phone and online mental health resources. Or find out more below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Research shows that mindfulness – focusing on the present – can improve memory and reduce stress, and it’s a technique that anyone can practise.
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.
Many people, at times, feel paranoid. Paranoia is a state of mind in which a person believes that others are trying to harm them.
Learn more about the diagnoses and treatments for personality disorders, such as borderline personality and narcissistic personality.
Psychosis (marked by delusions or hallucinations, such as hearing voices that aren’t there) is treatable, but its causes are a mystery to researchers.
Despite what many think, people with schizophrenia don’t have a ‘split personality’ and very few are violent. Learn more about this mental illness.
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.
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.
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.