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It’s Time to Talk about Mental Health

Almost half of all Victorians will experience mental illness in their lifetime but too many people don’t speak up for fear of stigma and discrimination. It’s time to start a new conversation - mental health is something which affects us all. 

The people profiled in It’s Time to Talk about Mental Health have shared their stories to illustrate how we are all affected by different mental health challenges, and to offer hope to anyone who may be struggling. 

You can find more information on the series by searching #timetotalkvic

If you or someone you know needs support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or beyondblue on 1300 224 636. In an emergency, call 000.

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Stefan, Eating Disorder Victoria Peer Mentor, Melbourne

“You can recover, but understand its a difficult journey and there are going to be bumps in the road.”

Watch Stefan’s story
Peter, retired detective sergeant, Melbourne

Peter, retired detective sergeant, Melbourne

“It can be a real struggle on some days but if you get through that day the next day is normally ok. You’ve got to ride the humps and the bumps.”

Watch Peter’s story
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Donna, Lived Experience Manager, Geelong

“The worst thing you can do when you are feeling unwell and distressed is to be carrying this burden of shame with you as well.”

Watch Donna’s story
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Lisa, Mum, West Footscray

“When you are on the floor and your children are crying at you, you’re not going to ask for help you are just going to sit there until you can’t cry anymore.”

Watch Lisa’s story
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Darryl, Football Coach, Bendigo

“Mental health was seen as something that you dealt with something internally. You didn’t show that you were, in those days, ‘weak’.”

Watch Darryl’s story
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Joe, Dairy Farmer, Gippsland

“The bad thoughts, the dark holes I was thinking about, I was always thinking no-one deserves to find me, if I do take my own life.”

Watch Joe’s story
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Elise, VFLW player and founder of Active Support, Melbourne

"Disability and mental health are quite linked. It's a really lonely space to be in .... At the end of the day, we're born with the same amount of worth."

Watch Elise's story
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Darce, café worker, Glenroy

"For me it was about seeking the right help for the right diagnosis that I had and just finding a connection with someone who would be able to help me get through"

Watch Darce’s story

Fast facts about mental health

  • 1.3 million Victorians will this year experience mental illness. 
  • Over a lifetime, one in two Victorians will experience mental illness. 
  • Half of those who experience mental health issues won’t get help.
  • At least $11 billion is lost in productivity every year due to mental illness.
  • 75,000 Victorians are registered clients at mental health services. 
  • Mental health services gave support more than 2.4 million times last year. 
  • In 2018, only 1.1 per cent of the Victorian population accessed specialist mental health treatment, despite around 3 per cent needing it.
  • In 2017 we lost 621 Victorians to suicide, more than double the road toll.
  • For every Australian who loses their life to suicide, there are another 30 who attempt*. 
  • Suicide is now the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 44 in Australia.
  • If you or someone you know needs support call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or beyondblue on 1300 224 636.


Where to get help

Telephone and online support for mental health issues

In urgent mental health and crisis situations, dial ‘000’

Mental health helplines are a great resource if you are struggling with mental health issues. Speak to someone who will listen and can give you appropriate advice and tell you the steps to take to get help.

Find someone to talk to by calling one of the following helplines:

Mental illness

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Mental illness explained

Types of mental illness

Living with mental illness