Understanding mental health

Understanding mental health

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. Good mental health is just as important as good physical health. 

Our mental health affects how we think, feel and act It is instrumental in how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices.

Good mental health enables us to cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and make a contribution to our community. Mental health issues are quite common and importantly, many of these conditions are treatable. 

What is a mental illness?

A mental illness is a diagnosable condition that negatively affects a person’s thinking, emotions and behaviour, which results in an impairment to daily functioning.

In Australia, mental illnesses are common, with an estimated 1 in 5 people experiencing a common disorder in the previous 12 months. Anxiety disorders are the most common, followed by depressive disorders and substance abuse disorders.

Importantly, most people with mental health problems can get better and make a full recovery. withtreatment over time.

The first step is getting help

Find out more when you visit, How to access a mental health professional. 

If you have questions or for further information about supporting someone with mental health, please contact the Suncare Customer Service Team on 1800 786 227. Our team can point you in the right direction for further support and resources.

Information provided by Mindstar 

Resources and support

  • Beyond Blue Call 1300 224 636 24 hours / 7 days a week to talk with a trained mental health professional.  
  • Lifeline 13 11 14 - A 24-hour, nationwide service that provides telephone and online counselling. 
  • Mind health connect provides mental health and wellbeing information, support and services in Australia. 

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