Take a moment today to check in on someone, and that includes yourself, who might be having a tough time, struggling with their emotions, experiencing inner turmoil, overwhelmed by stress...
In Australia one in five are affected by mental illness yet they don't seek help because of the stigma attached to it. Whereas they'd have no issue going to their GP to treat a common cold or other illness.
It's time to shed a positive light on the issues that are swirling around inside people's heads and let them, or let yourself, know that you're not alone if you feel confused, experience paralysing thoughts, or are suffering from depression or anxiety... Did you know that some 2 million Aussies suffer from anxiety every year? And that around 8 Australians take their lives each day. The statistics are devastating.
Let's not shy away from seeking help, or recognising that others need help. And if someone asks you how you're feeling, don't be afraid to tell them the truth. Life is not a popularity contest. It's survival, and we need support, community, and physical and mental health to survive at our best.
Help is out there, and talking to someone and sharing your story is often the first step to getting better.
Many neighbourhood community centres are offering workshops to help people understand mental health issues. Visit Mental Health Australia for more information.
Feeling mentally unwell is NOT hopeless. You can get better.
If you or someone you care about needs help don't suffer in silence - contact one of these National 24/7 Crisis Counselling Services.
13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service
1300 659 467
1300 22 4636
1300 78 99 78
1800 55 1800 (27/7 crisis support)
1800 650 890
www.headspace.org.au (direct clinical services)
Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service
1800 011 046