Mental HEalth Video Series

How can we look after our mental health?


The mental health video series describes the benefits of good mental health and how to recognise signs of poor mental health, and offers practical tips on how to look after our mental health.

What is mental health?

Mental health is a state of mental well-being that enables people to cope with the stresses of life, realize their abilities, learn well and work well, and contribute to their community. It is an integral component of health and well-being that underpins our individual and collective abilities to make decisions, build relationships and shape the world we live in. 

Looking after your mental health

Self-care means taking the time to do things that help you live well and improve both your physical health and mental health. This can help you manage stress, lower your risk of illness, and increase your energy. Even small acts of self-care in your daily life can have a big impact. This video highlights eight things we can do to help our mental health

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How do I know if I have a mental health problem?

Mental health problems are common, so it’s important to be aware of possible signs. Feeling worried, depressed, guilty, worthless or feeling an exaggerated sense of ‘high’ may be signs of a mental health issue. Changes in sleep, weight, personal hygiene or activity at school or work may hint at a mental health issue.

Chronic pain and mental health

Chronic pain, one of the most common reasons adults seek medical care, has been linked to activity limitations, dependence on opioids, anxiety and depression, and reduced quality of life. Living with daily pain is physically and emotionally stressful. Chronic stress is known to change the levels of stress hormones and neurochemicals found within your brain and nervous system; these can affect your mood, thinking and behavior.


We thank all collaborators that contributed to the development, production, translation, promotion and dissemination of these videos.

CRE WaND expert panel (content creation and script development)Dr Mridula BandyopadhyayDr Karin HammarbergProfessor Jane FisherProfessor Martha Hickey, Professor Flavia Cicuttini, Dr Karin Stanzel, Dr Helen Brown, Dr Heather Craig, and Ann Macrae

Media production companyPunchy Media

Research translation and dissemination partner: Jean Hailes for Women’s Health

Funding partnersVictorian Government – Department of HealthNational Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence on Women and Non-communicable Diseases: Prevention and Detection

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