Today is World Mental Health Day. One in five Australians are affected by mental illness annually, yet many don’t seek help because of stigma.
Misconceptions about people who experience mental illness are damaging. The reality is, the majority of people affected by mental illness are able to lead independent and contributing lives in the community, with the right treatment and support. With one in five affected, they form part of our close circles of family, friends and colleagues. It’s time to look at mental illness in a different light.
Things you can do to help manage your mental health, thanks to Mental Health Australia:
- Stay Active to increase wellbeing and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.
- Eat Well. Eat a healthy diet and limit caffeine & alcohol. A diet that’s good for your physical health is also good for your mental health.
- Get Outdoors to improve your mood and reduce anxiety. Time outdoors has a positive effect on mental as well as physical health.
- Be Kind. Research shows that being kind to others boosts your own happiness.
- Get an Early Night. Getting enough sleep is good for your mind and body. Sleep helps you feel energised, stay focused, and protects your mental health.
- Keep Learning at every life stage, as a great way to keep the mind active and boost our confidence. Learn a new skill, take up a language, or simply read a book.
- Get to Know the Neighbours for reduced isolation and a stronger community. Neighbours can even expand your social circle and be a wonderful source of support.
- Seek Help. Taking action may not be as hard as you think. Talking to friends, family or your GP is a great starting point.
Listening to the radio has been known to assist with loneliness and feelings of isolation. We at Vintage FM hope our music and announcers give you a sense of belonging and connection, and are pleased to keep you company 24/7.
More Information and Support
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|Suicide Call Back Service|
1300 659 467
|SANE Australia: https://www.sane.org/mental-health-and-illness|
1300 224 636
1300 78 99 78
1800 551 800 (27/7 crisis support)
1800 650 890
www.headspace.org.au (direct clinical services)
|Butterfly Foundation National Helpline|
1800 334 673
|Open Arms – Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service|
1800 011 046
|Carer Gateway: https://www.carergateway.gov.au/|
|Carers Australia: http://www.carersaustralia.com.au/|
|Carers Australia – Young Carers: http://www.youngcarers.net.au/|
|Australian Institute of Health and Welfare: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports-data/health-welfare-services/mental-health-services/overview|