What are the signs of Mental Illness?

What are the signs of Mental Illness? What help is out there?

Mental Illness, aka mental health disorders affect a persons mood, thinking and behaviour and can vary in severity such as depression, anxiety, stress, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

FACT: Did you know that one in five Australians experience a form of mental illness at some point in their lives?
To put it simply, someone you know and love may be or have experienced mental health issues at some point.

Mental health concerns become a mental illness when it starts to affect a persons daily life, such as school, work, relationships and social life. Sometimes it is debilitating enough that your GP may recommend medication and therapy for support and treatment.


There are 9 Main Signs of Mental Illness

  1. Feeling anxious or worried
  2. Feeling depressed or unhappy
  3. Emotional outbursts
  4. Sleep problems
  5. Weight or appetite changes
  6. Quiet or withdrawn
  7. Substance abuse
  8. Feeling guilty or worthless
  9. Changes in behaviour or feelings

You may also notice other changes, such as….

  • Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate
  • Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt
  • Extreme mood changes of highs and lows
  • Withdrawal from friends and activities
  • Significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping
  • Detachment from reality (delusions), paranoia or hallucinations
  • Inability to cope with daily problems or stress
  • Trouble understanding and relating to situations and to people
  • Problems with alcohol or drug use
  • Major changes in eating habits
  • Sex drive changes
  • Excessive anger, hostility or violence
  • Suicidal thinking


If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, please make an appointment to see your GP as soon as possible. The longer you leave it, the worse the mental health condition may get.

If you have suicidal thoughts


If you have a support plan, please follow this NOW.

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