Mental health and suicide prevention

Almost half of all Australian adults will face mental ill-health during their lives. Suicide was the main cause of death for Australians aged 15 to 49 years in 2019. Find out what we're doing to support people with mental ill-health and reduce suicide in Australia.

About mental health

Find out what we’re doing to support Australians with mental ill-health.

About suicide prevention

Read how we're working to prevent suicide and support those affected.

Better Access initiative

See Medicare rebates that help people access mental health support.

Get help now

Find a list of contacts for organisations that can give you the help you need.

Find support

If you are in a crisis, find a list of services that can help you right now, at Head to Health. 

Crisis support contacts

Mental health support during COVID-19

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, physical distancing and isolation can make us feel anxious, stressed and worried. Read about what you can do to look after your mental wellbeing and look out for those around you as we tackle these challenges together.

Did you know?

1 in 2

Australian adults will face mental ill-health at some point in their lives


Australians end their lives each year

Up to $220 billion

is the estimated cost of suicide to our economy

Latest news

Latest news

Strong Born

Your Aged Care Update #06, 2023

Your Aged Care Update #06: Residents’ Experience Surveys, register for webinars and training, and more

Latest resources

Latest resources

Laying the groundwork for mental health and suicide prevention system reform – Budget 2023–24

This Budget 2023–24 fact sheet outlines reforms to the mental health and suicide prevention system. The Australian Government will address workforce shortages and urgent gaps, and extend critical services. This will lay the groundwork for future reform.

The Way Back Support Services Evaluation – Final evaluation report

This report details how well The Way Back Support Service was being delivered, participant experiences and outcomes, and what contributes to recovery after a suicide attempt or crisis, for whom and how.

The Way Back Support Services Evaluation – Final evaluation report appendices

A sequential list of supplemental information to accompany The Way Back Support Services Final Evaluation Report.

Better Access – Involving family or carers in my mental health treatment

This fact sheet outlines available Medicare rebates under the MBS initiative (Better Access).