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 more than one in 10 Victorian adults experiencing high or very high levels of psychological distress in 2012, it is estimated that mental illness costs the Victorian economy $5.4 billion every year.

We see mental wellbeing as the embodiment of social and emotional wellbeing – not merely the absence of mental illness. Mental wellbeing is a dynamic state in which people are able to develop their potential, work productively and creatively, build positive and respectful relationships with others, and meaningfully contribute to the community.

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

Young people, health and wellbeing strategy 2017–19

VicHealth's strategy for a Victoria in which every young person is able to reach their full potential for mental and physical health and wellbeing.

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Arts and social connection

VicHealth focuses on strengthening social connections to improve health and wellbeing – both mental and physical.

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Preventing violence against women

Violence against women occurs on a continuum from psychological, economic and emotional abuse through to physical and sexual violence. It is the biggest contributor to ill health and premature death in women aged 15–44.

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Reducing race-based discrimination

VicHealth works to reduce race-based discrimination and support diversity to improve health and wellbeing.

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Young people and resilience

Youth is a critical period for social and emotional development, a time when people aged 12-25 face serious challenges like cyber bullying and discrimination. An unprecedented opportunity exists to engage young people to utilise technologies for cybersafety, mental health and wellbeing.

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