Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Talking About Mental Health

This week we had a talk about Mental Health by Jim Goodwin

Jim is Chairperson of the Mental Health Foundation, Australia, an Organisation that has been in operation since 1930.

Very few people are happy all the time but, some aspect of good Mental Health are
  • 80% good and 20% bad
  • Not overwelmed by emotions
  • Tey are comfortable with other people

Mental illness is a brain disorder.

It is not a consequence of poor parenting.

It is estimated 1 in 2 Australians will suffer a mental health issue (includings alcohol or drugs). However 65% do not access treatment.

Highest prevalence of poor mental health is in the 18-24 age group although as people age isues such as dementia become more common

Some of the statistics are frightening such as on average 8 people commit suicide every day.

3 out of every 4 suicides are by men. Women are more likely to seek treatment then men, or are more likely to survive as overdosing seems to be more often attempted by women, rather than more violent methods.

If you have a friend or relative who seems to be overwhelmed by their problems they should be advised to seek assistance.

Getting Help

Initially it's a good idea to visit a General Practitioner (GP) to get a Treatment Plan

The plan can include getting a referral to a psychologist (for counselling), or a psychiatrist ( who has medical training allowing them to prescribe medications)

There are also Community Support organisations such as MHFA, Beyond Blue, SANE, ArcVic, and KidsHelpline.

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