Mental Health Matters

Welcome to Mental Health Matters, a page designed to help spread awareness, reduce stigma and promote effective strategies for dealing with mental health issues. 

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General mental health tips 

No matter your circumstances, we all experience feelings of anxiety, depression and stress at times.  

Here are some actions you can take to help maintain or improve your mental health and wellbeing. 

  • Take a break from news and social media platforms. It’s important to stay informed, but limit yourself to trusted news sources and keep your social media intake to a couple times a day. Instead, try a couple of these activities suggested by our partners Act-Belong-Commit.
  • Stay healthy by focusing on eating well, exercising and getting good quality sleep. Keeping up healthy routines will help with your overall health. 
  • Relaxation techniques can help relax the mind and body to manage symptoms of anxiety and depression. There are a variety of relaxation methods including breathing exercises, visualisation, meditation, mindfulness and gentle physical activities such as yoga.   
  • Seek support. Reach out if needed to services such as Beyond Blue, or talk to your GP. You can also visit the below list of helplines for more resources.

If you are unsure of how you are feeling, take the short survey created by think mental health.

Helplines & other resources 

Mental health support  

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please visit your nearest hospital or call Emergency Services on 000. 

Lifeline 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention service to anyone experiencing a personal crisis – 13 11 14 

Beyondblue 24 hour phone and online service with trained mental health professionals –1300 224 636 

Children and youth support 

Kids Helpline 24 hour telephone and online counselling service for children and young people aged five to 25 years – 1800 551 800 

Headspace telephone and online service that supports young people aged 12–25 years and their families – 1800 650 890 

Elder abuse 

Elder Abuse Helpline for people experiencing elder abuse, or have a question about elder abuse – 1300 724 679 

Family and domestic violence 

Everyone has the right to live a life free of violence. 

Crisis Care provides information and support to adults and children in crisis and referral to homeless refuges and women’s shelters – 9223 1111. 

1800 RESPECT 24 hour support to people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse. Anyone regardless of age, gender or sexual orientation can use this free, confidential telephone and online counselling service – 1800 737 732 

MensLine telephone and online counselling service for men with emotional health and relationship concerns – 1300 789 978 

For a comprehensive list of state and national family and domestic violence helplines visit the State Government’s Help and Advice webpage.

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