About mental health

Northern Territory Mental Health Line: 1800 682 288

Good mental health is a sense of wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem.

It enables you to fully enjoy and appreciate other people in day-to-day life and your environment.

If you are concerned about your mental health or that of someone close to you call the NT mental health line on 1800 682 288.

Mental health issues and illness

A mental illness is a health problem that may significantly affect how you think, behave and interact with other people. It describes a group of illnesses that are diagnosed according to standardised criteria.

Mental health issues, such as distress and stress, also affect how a person thinks, feels, and behaves, but usually are short in duration and may be relieved with support rather than clinical intervention.

One in five Australians will suffer from a mental illness each year.

Tips for staying mentally healthy

You should do all of the following:

  • talk about your feelings or situations that are worrying you
  • keep in touch with friends and family
  • ask for support or help early
  • eat well
  • get plenty of sleep
  • keep active
  • if you have a drink of alcohol, make sure it is in moderation
  • try to not smoke
  • take a break
  • do things you enjoy
  • accept who you are
  • don't try to think less of yourself, but try to think of yourself less.

Further reading

Consumers Guide to Mental Health and Related Services Act.

Last updated: 12 May 2016

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