Mental health and mental illness
One day my world came crashing down. I was beside myself with grief and felt overwhelmed by everything in my life. You can read my story here.
Around half of us experience some form of mental health problem at some time in life. It’s a common part of being human, therefore. Good mental health is something to which we can all aspire.
There are many studies that show that time spent outdoors can:
- Improve stress levels
- Alleviate or lessen symptoms of depression
- Reduce anxiety
- Lower blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension
- Lower production of stress hormones such as cortisol.
But what if you need help now?
If you are in an emergency, or at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, please contact emergency services on 000.
We all have good days and bad days. Then there are those days when something isn’t quite right, you’ve got something on your mind, or things just seem too much. Whatever it may be, sharing the load with someone else can really help. So no matter who you are, or how you’re feeling, you can talk it through with someone who will point you in the right direction so you can seek further support.
National help lines and websites
Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.
Information on symptoms, treatment and prevention of depression and bipolar disorder.
Short-term counselling and emotional and psychological support services for carers and their families in each state and territory.
1800 242 636
Free online and telephone service that supports young people aged between 12 and 25 and their families going through a tough time.
1800 650 890
A free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.
1800 55 1800
A telephone and online support, information and referral service, helping men to deal with relationship problems in a practical and effective way.
1300 78 99 78
An innovative website that can help you find free and low-cost, trusted online and phone mental health resources.
An online and telephone clinic providing free assessment and treatment services for Australian adults with anxiety or depression.
1800 61 44 34
Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and Aboriginal Medical Services in each state and territory.
QLife is Australia’s first nationally-oriented counselling and referral service for LGBTI people. The project provides nation-wide, early intervention, peer supported telephone and web based services to diverse people of all ages experiencing poor mental health, psychological distress, social isolation, discrimination, experiences of being misgendered and/or other social determinants that impact on their health and wellbeing.
1800 184 527 | 3pm-12am
A provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities.
1300 364 277
Information about mental illness, treatments, where to go for support and help carers.
1800 18 7263
Information, resources, counselling and group support to those bereaved by suicide. Education and professional development to health, welfare and education professionals.
Support groups and online forums
Talking about what’s going on with others who understand – or may be going through something similar – can really make a difference. Our friends at Black Dog Institute have a list of support groups in every state and territory that can help you connect with groups of people who meet regularly to discuss their experiences, their problems and their strategies for coping.
The beyondblue online forums are also a great way to connect with people online, in a safe and anonymous environment, to discuss anxiety, depression, suicide and a range of life issues. Anyone in Australia can participate in discussions, connect with others and share their experiences with our community.