With 20 per cent of Australians aged 16-85 expected to experience mental ill-health in any year, it is vitally important that community awareness is raised about mental health.
That’s what the Mental Health Foundation Australia aims to do this month through its national mental health awareness campaign.
The campaign theme is Mental Health Matters and the message is that mental ill-health can be treated. Many people who have mental illness can recover completely, while others manage their ill-health very well.
The most common mental illnesses are depression, anxiety and substance use disorder. These three types of mental ill-health often occur in combination.
The most important step is to seek help. See your GP in the first instance.
During October, the Mental Health Foundation is offering several free online events including:
There is also an excellent series of mental health seminar videos on their website, covering topics such as bushfire resilience, parenting with a mental illness, and managing anxiety during COVID-19.
If you or anyone you know needs help:
Connect to Wellbeing offers a single point of contact for mental health, alcohol and other drugs, and NDIS support. It provides a flexible, responsive, single point of contact for service users, carers, GPs, allied health professionals, and others who are seeking to access or refer people to support services.
- Connect to Wellbeing
1300 160 339
13 11 14
- Kids Helpline
1800 551 800 (for children under 12 years)
- MensLine Australia
1300 789 978
- Suicide Call Back Service
1300 659 467
- Beyond Blue
1300 22 46 36
1800 650 890
In an emergency, call 000 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.