Mental health is a state of wellbeing that enables you to deal with what life throws at you. It is about feeling resilient, enjoying life and being able to connect with others.
Good mental health helps you:
- cope with the normal stresses of life
- be productive both at work and in your private life
- relate well to other people
- contribute to your community.
Almost half of all Australian adults will face mental ill-health during their lives. Your mental health can change as you go through various stages in your life, and many factors can contribute. For example:
- biological factors, such as genes, brain chemistry or hormonal changes
- family history of mental ill-health
- life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
- major stress, such as financial or work-related stress
- significant life changes, such as a relationship breakup, the death of a loved one and pregnancy.
The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, physical distancing and isolation can make us feel anxious, stressed and worried. You might be eligible for Medicare rebates to get support and treatment under the Better Access initiative. Call to make an appointment, or talk to your general practitioner (GP) about getting a mental health care plan as a first step.