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Overview

The World Health Organisation defines mental health as a state of physical, mental, spiritual and social wellbeing in which the individual realises his or her abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, and is able to make a contribution to their community.

  • One in five Australian adults will suffer mental illness at some time in their life and experience symptoms in the previous twelve months1. Many have children at primary school.
  • 23% of Australia children and adolescents live in households where at least one parent has a mental illness2.

1. ABS National survey of mental health and wellbeing 2007, summary of results.
2. ABS National survey of mental health and wellbeing 2007, summary of results.

Mental health and wellbeing is a combination of both positive feelings and positive functioning.

How does mental health fit with a person’s general health?

Mental health and wellbeing is an indivisible part of general health and a fundamental right of every human being. It is essential to the optimal functioning of individuals, families, communities and societies.

It is everybody's concern and responsibility.