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Improving mental wellbeing

Building the right foundations for mental wellbeing – long before illness. 


What is mental wellbeing?

Mental wellbeing is the state of thriving (not just surviving) in various areas of life, such as in relationships, at work, play, and more, despite ups and downs.  

It's not just the absence of mental illness.

Our areas of focus

VicHealth works to build the right foundations for mental wellbeing – long before illness – in our homes, communities and workplaces. 


Please note: VicHealth is not a mental health support service. If you need support please contact a support service such as Lifeline or Beyond Blue.


Early intervention + equity lense

We know that it’s important to intervene early to improve long term outcomes, so we’re working to help improve the mental wellbeing of young Victorians aged 12-25 years by helping them feel more connected to their communities.

Another key focus area is creating a more equitable society for people of all genders, including promoting healthy masculinities and tackling harmful gender stereotypes for young men and boys aged 12-25 years. 

Why? (key stats)

Mental illness is one of Australia’s top three leading causes of disease burden, and the largest contributor to the disability burden in Victoria.

With around half of all Australians experiencing mental illness in their lifetime, we want to help reduce inequities related to poor mental wellbeing.

Artwork by Dexx (Gunditjmara/Boon Wurrung) ‘Mobs Coming Together’ 2022
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VicHealth acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.

Artwork Credit: Dexx (Gunditjmara/Boon Wurrung) ‘Mobs Coming Together’ 2022, acrylic on canvas. Learn more about this artwork.