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.
Treatment for mental illness
Mental illness is treatable, and most people with mental illness recover to live productive and happy lives. Treatment can vary depending upon the person, their medical history and circumstances.
Mental illness 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.
Dealing with mental illness stigma
Mental illness stigma impacts many people with mental illness. Discover important tips on how to deal with this stigma, like telling your story (if you want).
Causes of mental illness
Researchers are still trying to understand what causes mental illness. It is thought that interactions between certain genetic and environmental factors can increase the risk of mental illness.
Symptoms of mental illness
If a person is affected by mental illness, they may display a severe change in their thoughts, mood or behaviour. Symptoms of mental illness can include anxiety, depression and anger.
Diagnosis of mental illness
Mental illnesses can be diagnosed after a detailed mental health assessment in the form of an interview with your doctor or a mental health professional.
Types of mental illness
There are nearly 300 mental disorders listed in the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). This is a handbook used by health professionals to help identify and diagnose mental illness.
Reducing mental illness stigma
Discover trusted information, online programs, fact sheets, audio and video resources on reducing mental illness stigma from leading Australian health organisations.
Mental health and wellbeing
Almost half of Australian adults will experience a mental illness at some point in their life. Learn more about a range of mental health and wellbeing issues here.