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Mental Health

According to the World Health Organization, mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community”. The concept of mental health relates to the presence of positive attitudes, rather than the absence of something negative.

In Australia, it's estimated that 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime with the most common conditions being anxiety and depression.

While the City of Greater Dandenong is not a direct service provider in the area of mental health, Council has a role in promoting the mental health and wellbeing of its residents.

The Greater Dandenong's Community Wellbeing Plan reinforces the holistic nature of health and wellbeing by identifying actions that relate to the promotion of broad mental health.

Mental health support and information

Crisis support:

  • Emergency services - Telephone 000
  • Lifeline - Telephone 13 11 44 
  • Monash Health Psychiatric Triage: Telephone 1300 369 012
  • Suicide Callback Service (for people at risk of suicide, their carers and those bereaved) - Telephone 1300 659 467

For further information on mental health contact the following organisations:

  • Beyond Blue - Telephone 1300 224 636 
  • Mindhealth Connect 
  • Men's Line Australia - relationship counselling for men or telephone 1300 789 978
  • PANDA - Post and Anti-Natal Depression Association or telephone 1300 726 306
  • Family and Relationships Helpline - Telephone 1300 365 859

Health support for young people visit the following organisations:

Additional resources:

Depression and Addiction Rehabilitation - Inpatient Drug Rehab Patient Advocacy Group