Mental Health Fact Sheet

Mental health matters to us all

24% of Australian young people suffer from anxiety, substance use disorders or other mental illness.

45% of Australian adults will experience a mental illness at some stage in their lives.

Most of us will have a mate or family member who has experienced mental illness.

With the right kind of help, people recover and lead healthy, productive and satisfying lives. Good mental health is a sense of wellbeing,  confidence and self esteem. It helps us to:

  1. form positive relationships

  2. use our abilities to reach our potential

  3. deal with life’s challenges.

The signs that you might need some help include:

  1. feeling disconnected or isolated

  2. getting easily irritated or angry for no reason

  3. feeling stressed, tense, restless

  4. feeling sad, down or crying more than usual

  5. sleeping and/or eating more or less than usual

  6. having trouble concentrating or remembering things

  7. suicidal thoughts or feeling that you want to harm yourself

  8. taking risks that you would normally avoid like taking drugs or drinking too much alcohol.

Asking someone ‘R U OK’ is never wrong. Talk to your mates, colleagues, family members. If you are concerned, encourage them to seek help.

Where to go for help

Triple 0 Emergency (call 000)

Beyond Blue
Phone: 1300 22 4636

Phone: 13 11 14

Kids Helpline
1800 55 1800

Your Local GP

ACSO Connect
Phone: 1300 022 760