Mental Health

Number 4 in The National Health Priority Areas

What is Mental Health?

Mental health is very important in a persons life. Often having lots of friends and family that care about you can help you have a good mental health. Poor mental health can affect a persons ability to function properly, it can change someones personality and make them into a completely different person. There are many different mental illnesses some of which are not even labelled an 'illness' by specialists even though they still affect someones ability to function in all areas of life.

Why is mental health a concern in Australia?

Mental Health is a concern in Australia as it is becoming more and more common everyday. Almost half of Australians will experience a mental illness at some point in their life. It is also very common that they won't tell anyone, which is not good as it makes all of these emotions build up inside of you until one day you cannot take it anymore. Talking to someone about how you are feeling can really help you overcome your mental illness.

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How can you overcome a mental disorder?

  • Talk to someone close to you that you know will listen and support you
  • If you don't feel comfortable talking to someone about it start by writing a diary or journal about your feelings and what goes on in your daily life
  • Make sure that you are in a healthy environment
  • Stay away from illicit drugs and alcohol
  • Don't isolate yourself, be with close friends and family
  • Join a support group