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Tash Sultana shares her journey with mental illness to encourage others to seek help

13 September 2017 Wesley Mission news

Melbourne artist and multi-instrumentalist, Tash Sultana is encouraging others to speak up if facing mental illness or suicidal thoughts, after opening up about her recent struggle with mental illness on social media.

In the post she explains how being on tour for the last two years has been a wonderful but a draining experience.

“It all got a bit too much being away from home, family and friends,” the post reads. “I ran out of energy and my soul was tired and I was scared for my life how dark my mind got. I thought I was going to die from the shadow my mind cast.”

 

A post shared by TASH SULTANA (@tashsultanaofficial) on Sep 10, 2017 at 8:28pm PDT

She shares how reaching out for help was the catalyst for her recovery journey and encourages others to do the same.

“There are people listening, nothing lasts forever when you accept that things will change. Feed your brain with beautiful thoughts, things and people. Keep going on.” 

In a recent interview with The Feed SBS VICELAND, Tash also opened up about overdosing on drugs when she was 17 and developing a drug-induced psychosis. Her message to seek help, no matter the circumstance, is important.

Wesley Mission supports Tash’s plea for people to ask for help when faced with mental illness. According to recent statistics, one in five Australians, aged between 16-85, will experience mental illness and 54% of people with mental illness do not access any treatment. And, every day, at least six Australians die from suicide.

While reaching out for help is a challenging step, there are numerous services on offer for those seeking help. For those struggling with mental illness, Wesley Hospitals offers high quality and compassionate treatment programs, at their two locations in Ashfield and Kogarah.

Wesley Mission also offers other mental health services including financial and gambling counselling24/7 crisis support, and suicide prevention services. If you know someone who could be at risk of suicide, Wesley Mission recommends the SALT strategy as a way to support someone who is considering taking their life.

If you're in a crisis situation and need to talk to someone immediately, Lifeline is available and ready to help you by calling 13 11 14.

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