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 and maintaining 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 - an overview
Depression is a common condition, affecting how you feel, think and act. It’s often treatable and likely to improve with a doctor’s support.
Eating disorders and body image
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.
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: where to get help
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. Here is information on causes and symptoms of mental illness, and where to fi...
Mindfulness and mental health
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. Read more for parano...
Learn more about the diagnoses and treatments for personality disorders, such as borderline personality and narcissistic personality.
Psychosis, where you experience an altered sense of reality, 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.
Self-harm can involve cutting the skin, alcohol misuse or an eating disorder, and is often a way of coping with low self-esteem or trauma.
Nine 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.
Mental illness stigma
People with mental health problems may face stigma, which can lead to discrimination and make mental illness worse. Find out how to reduce stigma.
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.
Improve your sleep
Sleep is physically and mentally restorative. Learn about the stages of sleep, healthy habits and tips for a better night's rest.
Substance use disorders involve using too much alcohol, tobacco or other drugs, and are also known as substance abuse, substance dependence or addicti...