Mental illness is one of Australia’s top three leading causes of disease burden, and the largest contributor to the disability burden in Victoria.

With around half of all Australians experiencing mental illness in their lifetime, we want to help reduce inequities related to poor mental wellbeing.

We know that it’s important to intervene early to improve long term outcomes, so we’re working to help improve the mental wellbeing of young Victorians aged 12-25 years by helping them feel more connected to their communities.

Another key focus area is creating a more equitable society for people of all genders, including promoting healthy masculinities and tackling harmful gender stereotypes for young men and boys aged 12-25 years. 

We see mental wellbeing as the embodiment of social and emotional wellbeing – not merely the absence of mental illness. Mental wellbeing is a dynamic state in which people are able to develop their potential, work productively and creatively, build positive and respectful relationships with others, and meaningfully contribute to the community.


VicHealth works to build the right foundations for mental wellbeing – long before illness – in our homes, communities and workplaces.

Mental Wellbeing Strategy 2019–23

VicHealth’s commitment to mental wellbeing is presented in our 10-year goal of 200,000 more Victorians being resilient a...

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Young people and resilience

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