In this section you can read about specific parts of the community and their mental health needs. Follow the links below to find out more.

Aboriginal communities

Special strengths exist in Aboriginal culture, which considers mental health part of a continuum that applies to individual people, extended families and entire communities. It is not separate from physical health and spirituality. more

Breaking the cycle

The idea of breaking the cycle isn’t limited to one type of person or one age group living one kind of mental health experience. It’s about finding ways to remove barriers that stop any of us stepping off a path we’re stuck on that keeps compounding the risks we face. It’s also about making sure we can get onto a new path that lets us have hope and get what we need to build a better life. more

Drugs and alcohol

The relationship between mental illness and drug and alcohol use is complex because each makes the other worse. more

Intellectual disability

More than 125,000 people in NSW have an intellectual disability. Of these, a very large number also live with mental illness. They need a combination of supports that our system largely does not provide. more

Multicultural communities

Australia is a successful multicultural, multi-faith, multilingual nation but we shouldn’t be tempted to think a convenient, one-size-fits-all approach can meet the mental health needs of people from an immigrant background. more

Older people

Everyone in the community benefits when we have the right kind of supports to let people age well. more

Physical health

The physical health issues of mental health consumers are often ignored or risk factors, such as smoking and obesity, accepted as normal. We must support medical professionals to recognise and respond to overlapping needs. more

Rural communities

People outside our main cities may be isolated and unsupported while experiencing symptoms of mental illness. They are more likely to struggle to find the right support because there are fewer mental health professionals and long delays can result. more

School-aged children

Most kids thrive through childhood but for some this isn’t the case and it isn’t their fault. more

Sexuality and identity

People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex have an increased risk of mental illness or suicidal feelings because of the discrimination and exclusion they are subjected to. more

The justice system

People living with mental illness are not only significantly over-represented in the justice system in NSW, they are also over-represented as victims of crime.   more

The lived experience

A better life for people living with mental illness means no stigma, having friends, being part of something and looking forward  more

The whole community

If we promote and build resilience and wellbeing for the whole community, it will be healthy and that helps us to successfully meet our own individual life challenges. more

The whole person

The concept of wellness of mind and body is ancient. We know people who suffer the combination of mental and physical illness fare worse than people with one or the other. more

Young children

The best start to mental health and wellbeing is a healthy child growing up in a healthy family. more

Youth and young adults

Being able to cope with life changes makes for happy young people who contribute to society. more

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Last updated: 18 June 2017