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Find out the signs and symptoms of some of the most common mental health conditions and what you can do to help.

Mental health conditions and issues

Nearly half of all Australians will experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives, yet many of us don’t know how to spot the signs and symptoms, what treatments are available or where to turn for more help. These fact sheets give you an overview of some of the most common mental health conditions and what to do if you or someone you care about has signs of a mental health issue.

Depression

It’s normal to feel flat from time to time, but if it persists, it may be a sign of depression. Here you’ll find information on treatment options and tips to help you manage symptoms of depression.

Anxiety

One quarter of Australians experience anxiety at some point, making it Australia’s most common mental health condition. Find out more about the symptoms, causes and what can you do if you think you’re experiencing anxiety.

Eating disorders

Eating disorders can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, shape or size. Here’s how to spot the signs and where to turn to for help.

Bipolar disorder

Close to 2 per cent of Australians have bipolar disorder, but many go untreated. Information on symptoms, types of bipolar disorder, treatment and where to get help.

Self-harm

Why do people self-harm, and tips and strategies to help yourself or someone else stop.

Suicide prevention

Suicide is the leading cause of death for 15- to 44-year-old Australians. What are the risk factors and warning signs for suicide, and what to do if you’re worried about yourself or someone else.

Psychosis

What is psychosis, how is it treated and what you can do to support someone experiencing psychotic symptoms.

Drugs and alcohol

Drugs and alcohol can have a major impact on mental health. How to know if your alcohol or drug use is becoming an issue, and tips to help you cut back if you think your drug or alcohol use is taking a negative toll on your life.

Mental Health Phone Support

Members with Hospital cover can talk with a mental health professional over the phone in relation to any mental health or emotional concern, 24 hours a day 7 days a week on 1800 644 325~.

Looking for support?

When you’re concerned about your mental health or that of a loved one, it’s good to know that help and support are available. Read about how your cover can help and find out about our exclusive member services available to you at no extra costΔ. You can also explore healthy habits that can help make a difference to your mental wellbeing.

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Looking for something else?

Visit our Mental Health homepage to find more tools and advice.

Talk to us about your cover and accessing services

Contact Medibank when and how it suits you: online 24/7, in-store, by phone or through the My Medibank app.

Things you need to know

Δ    For members with hospital cover. Some referred services may involve out-of-pocket costs.

~    OSHC members should call the Student Health and Support Line on 1800 887 283.

While we hope you find this information helpful, please note that it is general in nature. It is not health advice, and is not tailored to meet your individual health needs. You should always consult a trusted health professional before making decisions about your health care. While we have prepared the information carefully, we can’t guarantee that it is accurate, complete or up-to-date. And while we may mention goods or services provided by others, we aren’t specifically endorsing them and can’t accept responsibility for them. For these reasons we are unable to accept responsibility for any loss that may be sustained from acting on this information (subject to applicable consumer guarantees). 

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