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MENTAL HEALTH

WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH?

Almost half of all Australians will suffer from mental health, in some degree during their life, the most common conditions being anxiety and depression. (*1)

Over 20% of Australians have taken time off work due to stress related illness or depression. (*3)

Over 35% of employed people do not wish to disclose their suffering of depression and anxiety to others (*3) 

which makes the condition worse for many.

Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44 years. (*4)

‘Mental Health’ is a term that is heard so often in our society, on the news and social media platforms. The rise in mental health problems caused by high levels of life-induced stress, uncertainty, change, and the Covid-19 pandemic that has adversely affected the world in a catastrophic way, has brought the topic of mental health to the forefront of conversation. However, the term ‘mental health’ is highly misunderstood, being confused through broadcast and conversations, as the description for conditions such as anxiety and depression or more severely, mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar mood disorder and many other disorders. The true definition of mental health is not about illness, it is about mental wellness, which is the opposite of the stigma portrayed.

The World Health Organisation defines

mental health as:

“A state of well-being in which the individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”. (*5)

Based on that definition, it is important for all people to understand that “Adverse Mental Health” covers conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress related illnesses, whereas “Positive Mental Health” covers one’s ability to have mental strength, maintain a healthy well-being and the ability to manage life’s challenges effectively. “Mental Illness” covers disorders such as major types of depression, schizophrenia, bipolar mood disorder, personality and eating disorders, and more, which is vastly different from mental health.

ADVERSE

MENTAL HEALTH

 

Depression

Stress

Anxiety

Stress Related Illnesses

MENTAL

HEALTH

 

State of Well-Being

Able to Cope with Stress

Productive

Able to Contribute to Others

POSITIVE

MENTAL HEALTH

Mental Strength

Emotional Control

Healthy Well-Being

Resilience

Manage Stress Well

Confidence – Self-Worth

Positive Life Outlook

Driven to Achieve

Happiness – Fulfillment

Realise Your Full Potential

Positive Impact on Others

YOUR STATE OF MENTAL HEALTH

WILL AFFECT HOW YOU THINK, FEEL AND ACT.

This influences how you handle challenges and stress, the quality of your relationships, overall well-being and life outcomes.

DEVELOPING 'POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH' AND MENTAL STRENGTH

IS CRUCIAL TO MANAGE 'ADVERSE MENTAL HEALTH' ILLNESSES

AND LIFE A MENTALLY HEALTHY LIFE

Stress

Anxiety

Depression

Who

Can

Help

Cultivate

Positive

Mental Health

 * To view our list of resources and references, please click here:

Medical Notice: The information provided on this website is to raise awareness and understanding of 'adverse mental health' conditions including stress, anxiety and depression, with tools, strategies and programs available for help people to overcome these symptoms and cultivate 'positive mental health'. The information on our website is not a platform for diagnosis of these illnesses and not a substitute for a healthcare professional and their prescribed treatments. It is essential that you seek diagnosis and treatment advise from a qualified healthcare professional, before implementing strategies or making decisions about your own mental health. You should not ignore professional medical advice or substitute it for information provided on this website.