What is depression?

Depression is an intense feeling of sadness, low mood or numbness that may continue for weeks, months or even years, sometimes without any obvious cause. Depression can affect both your physical and mental health, depleting energy and motivation, affecting your relationships and preventing you from enjoying the things you used to enjoy doing.

Depression is common, and it can be successfully treated.


1 in 7

One in seven women experience postnatal depression

8.5 million

An estimated 8.5 million (45%) of Australians will experience a mental disorder in their lifetime


Almost half of all people with a mental health condition are now getting treatment.

1 in 16

The number of Australians who experience depression every year is estimated to be 1 in 16