Mental health is undoubtedly one of the biggest social challenges we face.
We've all heard the statistics: as many as 20% of Australians will experience mental illness at some point in their life, with half of those people experiencing long term mental health problems.
The impacts can't be underestimated. Mental illness often leads to isolation, insecurity, unemployment, homelessness, the breakdown of family units along with a whole range of other health and social problems.
In one way or another the impact is felt by the whole community.
That's why we're committed to not only providing the necessary supports, but to raising awareness about the issue and promoting the benefits of physical, social and emotional wellbeing.
By working together we can make a real difference in the lives of individuals, and make our communities stronger in the process.
Kevin Watene, Senior Manager - Community Services
Women are more likely than men to report anxiety and affective disorders.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is equally common in males and females.