“Learning mindfulness and techniques to calm myself have really helped me to cope when stressed.”
Good mental health and wellbeing is about more than feeling happy all the time and having positive experiences. It involves many factors that interact in our day-to-day lives.
So, what helps us thrive? It's a mix of things, and it is different for everyone. Physical health, a sense of purpose, feeling connected with others, and feeling safe and supported all play a key role.
Looking after our mental health is an ongoing process. Finding the right balance of elements that help us thrive is something that we can all aim towards – to improve and maintain our mental health.
For more information on general wellbeing, we have pages on connectedness and purposeful activity. We also have resources at the bottom of this page.
A closer look
Internationally Australia rates highly for overall quality of life
Work-life balance is important to Australians
Threats to personal safety increase distress and decrease wellbeing
What we eat affects our mental health
Movement and activity help mental health as well as physical health
It's definitely worth getting involved in online forums to find support. I've participated in a few, and they're great.
Everyone has mental health, good, bad, or indifferent. If you're having a rough time, do something about it. See a doctor.
It's really important to me that I exercise regularly. It helps a lot.
You might find online and phone-based mental health resources helpful. Some suggestions are below. You can find more with our Search tool.