Looking after yourself

Mental health

Mental health continues to be one of the top three personal concerns young Australians experience. It is estimated that 2 in 3 young carers live with a mental illness.

Looking after yourself is an important part of life for everyone whether you a experiencing a period of poor mental health or live with a mental illness.

Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to contribute to their community.

Everyone will experience periods of poor mental health throughout their lives but there are some practices and habits that can help to boost your mental health before, during and after a crisis.

If you or someone you know is a young carer, the below resources will connect you to programs, information and strategies on resilience, gratitude, mindfulness and living a healthy life:


  •  Register for an online mindfulness course
  •  Download a free meditation app
  •  Listen to podcasts to explore stories and strategies about mental health
  •  Watch the new Netflix series The Me You Can’t See
  •  Read a book from a young author like Scarlett Curtis
  •  Explore academic research on gratitude, empathy, mindfulness and emotional literacy


If you are in crisis or need urgent help, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.

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