Want to talk to someone now? Emergency and support lines

Mental Health Emergency Response Line (MHERL)

Lifeline: 13 11 14
Mensline: 1300 789 978
beyondblue: 1300 224 636
Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800
Rurallink: 1800 522 002

Factors that can affect your mental health

Most people at some point feel worried, stressed or even down about things that are going on in their lives.

There are a number of factors in life that can have an impact on our mental health. These factors can either pose a risk to, or protect, your mental health and wellbeing.

Everyone is different and we all live in varying circumstances. Risk and protective factors are also different for everyone and change over your lifespan e.g. child, teenager, adult or older adult.

By building the protective factors and reducing the risk factors in your life you can improve your mental health and wellbeing.


You may not necessarily be able to do this alone and may need support but there are people who can help.

This section provides information on some of the factors that can impact our mental health, and what support is available.

Content last updated: 17 April 2019

This website uses cookies and third-party services.