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It's time to talk about mental health

6 October 2016 Wesley Mission news

WorldMentalHealthDay

October is Mental Health Month across New South Wales and with one in five Australians suffering from mental illness every year, chances are you know someone facing mental health issues. With these statistics on the rise it’s time to start talking about the elephant in the room. It’s time to start talking about mental health.

Wesley Mission is proud to be part of The Elephant in the Room campaign which aims to raise awareness of the prevalence of mental illness and encourage all Australians to speak openly about the issue.

What is mental illness?

“A mental illness is a health problem that significantly affects how a person feels, thinks, behaves, and interacts with other people.” (Australian Government Department of Health)

Mental illness can affect the young and old. It’s not discriminatory and can have different degrees of severity. Depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar mood disorder, personality disorders, and eating disorders are all forms of mental illness.

It’s important to remember that mental illness is no different to any physical illness. Much like early detection of heart disease is important in a patient’s treatment and recovery, the same can be said for mental illnesses.

How can we help?

Wesley Mission offer individual and family counselling, in-patient and day patient treatments and psychiatric support, 24/7 crisis support, suicide prevention training and community networks.

Wesley Hospitals provides a wide range of mental health care that can help in recovery if you or a family member or friend may be affected by drug addiction, eating disorders, depression, schizophrenia or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Wesley Suicide Prevention Services focuses on educating people about suicide, challenging attitudes, teaching basic engagement and suicide intervention skills, conducting suicide interventions and supporting those bereaved by suicide.

Mums and Kids Matter program provides long-term support, mentoring, specialist assistance and a comprehensive array of other services and special care to mothers with mental health issues and their young children (from birth to five years old).

Start a conversation.

If you think someone you know may have a mental health issue it’s important to talk to them. Asking something as simple as, ‘Are you ok?’ can prompt a much needed conversation. Knowing what to say can be hard, but the simple act of showing you’re willing to listen can speak a thousand words.

If you require urgent help for a mental health issue call Lifeline on 13 11 14 (24/7)