What is mental health?
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects the way we think, feel and act and also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices . A person with good mental health has good emotional and social well-being, and the capacity to copy with change and challenges .
For more information on understanding mental health, click HERE.
…and what is a mental health problem or condition?
Feeling down, tense, angry or anxious are all normal emotions, but when these feelings persist for long periods of time they may be part of a mental health problem. Mental health problems can influence how you think and your ability to function in your everyday activities, whether at school, at work or in relationships. It can be helpful to talk to someone about what’s going on in your life if you have noticed a change in how you are feeling and thinking .
Please check out our Support & Help page for some more information about accessing support.
Tips for a healthy headspace
Just like physical fitness, mental fitness takes regular effort. Here are some ways you can build your mental fitness every day. These tips are from Headspace, their page can be accessed HERE.
Tip 1: Getting enough sleep
Getting enough sleep is good for your brain and body, and helps you feel energised, stay focused and protect your mental health. Please see this fact sheet HERE from headspace for more information about sleep.
Tip 2: Eat well
Eating well can improve your mood, energy levels and general health and well-being. Fill up on good food (like veggies, fruit and whole grains) and drink plenty of water to give your body and brain all the power it needs to function well.
Tip 3: Keep Active
Keeping fit and staying active can help you to sleep better, manage stress and boost your mood. Check out some ideas to get moving HERE.
Tip 4: Connect
Feeling connected to others is an essential part of being human. So spending time with friends and family (including pets) and people in your community can really strengthen your mental health and well-being.
Tip 5: Relax
Taking a moment to slow things down is really important for both your physical and mental health. There are many ways to relax – like having a warm bath, writing a journal, spending time in nature, reading a book, listening to slow music, stretching or sipping a cup of tea.
Tip 6: Seek Help
A problem can sometimes be too hard to solve alone, even with support from friends and family. Be honest with yourself about when you may need support and get professional help. Please see our Support & Help page.
This page has been informed by the following sources: Mental Health.Gov (https://www.mentalhealth.gov/basics/what-is-mental-health/index.html)  Headspace (https://www.mentalhealth.gov/basics/what-is-mental-health/index.html), (https://www.headspace.org.au/young-people/tips-for-a-healthy-headspace/)
If you need to speak to someone urgently call:
Kids Helpline Lifeline Australia Mental Health Access Line
1800 55 1800 13 11 14 1800 011 511