Mental health and mental illness

Mental health is an important part of wellbeing and is about balance in our thoughts, feelings, behaviour and relationships with others.

A mental illness is a severe or prolonged disruption in these, which has a negative impact on our every day lifestyle.

Being unwell does not necessarily mean that you have a mental illness.

Where to get help

If you experience mental illness, it's important to have support to help you deal with your experience.

If you feel unwell please see your local doctor who will be able to assist.

Mental health emergency - call 13 14 65

For assistance in a mental health emergency, contact the mental health triage service - telephone 13 14 65 available 24 hours, seven days a week.

Mental health services

See our Mental Health Services page for a list of available services.

Common conditions

See the following links for information about common mental health conditions and treatments.

Accessing mental health services in country SA

Country South Australians have access to a range of mental health services, close to home. Find out how you, or your loved ones, can find support.

Find out more about the services on our Country Mental Health Services page

Also in this section

Forensic mental health

Forensic mental health services are designed to meet the needs of offenders with mental disorders

Mental health carers

Information and support for carers of people with a mental illness.

Mental health education and awareness

Organisations that provide professional development and formal training and education to mental health care workers

Mental Health Week

Mental Health Week is an annual, national event that aims to improve community awareness and interest in mental health and wellbeing.