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Mental Health is a leading cause of illness in Australia

1 in 5 Australians will suffer mental illness this year

1 in 5 Australians will suffer mental illness this year. Did you know that Running for just 15 minutes a day reduces the risk of major depression by 26%. (Source: helpguide.org)

Almost half of the population will experience a mental illness at some time in their life

Almost half (43.7%) of the population aged 16–85 will experience a mental illness at some time in their life, with more than 21% experiencing a mental disorder in the previous 12 months. (Source:(Mental health services in Australia, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, (updated 19 July 2022).

1 in 6 Australians have had serious thoughts about taking their life

In 2020-21, 1 in 6 (16.7% or around 3.3 million) of Australians aged 16–85 had serious thoughts about taking their own life at some point in their lives (ABS 2022). In 2020, 3139 Australians (2384 males and 755 females) died by suicide[GM3] . (AIHW 2021).

Suicide is the leading killer of men under 55 in Australia

Suicide is the leading killer of men under 55 in Australia. Suicide kills 7 Australian men a day and 3 in 4 suicides are men.

Mental health, suicide and substance use are leading causes of disease burden in Australia

Mental health, suicide and substance use are leading causes of disease burden in Australia – Anxiety disorders #3, depressive disorders #5, suicide and self-inflicted injury #7, alcohol use disorder #15 and drug use disorder #22 (AIHW 2018)[GM4]

Exercise is better than medication

Physical exercise is 1.5 times more effective than counseling or leading medications in addressing depression. (Source:bjsports-2022-106195)