“It doesn’t always have to be a health professional that you speak to, because you can get a lot from just from talking to a family member or a good friend. I think sometimes it's just someone being there and listening so you can get whatever you're thinking about off your chest. That can be really helpful.”
Feeling safe, stable, and secure is central to our health and wellbeing. How safe we feel at home and in our neighbourhood can influence our social habits and feeling of freedom. When we feel safe, we find it easier to relax, do all the things that comfort us, and focus on the work or study we need to do to help ensure our stability.
Home is where you might spend a large amount of time, so it is important to feel secure and safe there. Connecting with the community in which you live is also important. Taking part in social events or group exercise, or even going for a walk can add to your feeling of stability.
Many factors can influence your sense of security – whether financial, physical, or in the workplace. Trust, job security, and having supportive friends and family are all strongly linked with wellbeing.
Take a look at the resources below, or read our pages on financial safety, neighbourhoods, and home and housing.
A closer look
Friendship and belonging strengthens social connection, confidence, and trust
Neighbourhood design can affect personal safety
Discrimination affects our ability to feel safe
Many Australians feel safe in their neighbourhood
You might find online and phone-based mental health resources helpful. Some suggestions are below. You can find more with our Search tool.