More than ever before, people and communities are interested in and engaged with the issue of mental health. The time is right to capitalise on that interest and set a vision for mental health in Australia, which involves not only the health sector, but every sector and every community.

Everybody has a role to play

This means working with our partners, including the media, schools, workplaces, families and communities to address risk factors, to promote resilience and wellbeing and to create a life that people want to live and flourish in. It also means creating a society where those living with mental illness do not experience stigma and discrimination.

Our Institute is a leading voice on the prevention of mental ill-health and the promotion of mental health and wellbeing. We work locally and nationally, and have the skills and partnerships  needed to deliver successful responses for the communities we serve.


We acknowledge all people who have personal experience of mental illness. The voice of people with lived experience is essential in the development of our work.

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land we live and work on and pay our respects to elders past, present and future. We also pay our respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services and communities who support our work and partner with us in an effort to improve social and emotional wellbeing across Australia.

We acknowledge the many organisations, service providers and community members who work in partnership with us and who share their views, their knowledge and expertise, and their stories to help shape our work. 

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Understanding mental health and mental illness

To progress collective action in mental health, we need to first have a shared understanding of what is meant by the terms mental health and mental ill-health.

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Prevention and promotion approaches

We are working towards a future where fewer people are impacted by mental ill-health and more people live well.

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