There was a time when talking about Mental Health was discouraged. People were pidgeon-holed and the subject was not raised.
Women who felt depressed were told to ‘take a Bex and have a good lie down’. Men had to hide their feelings as it was not considered ‘manly’ to show emotion. A man who showed emotion was considered weak.
However, mental health is a huge issue today. Stress and anxiety is wide spread and is a particular problem in the workplace. Domestic violence, sexual abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are all on the increase. We need to do something about it and stop closing our minds to the importance of a ‘healthy mind’.
To some extent it is still difficult for people to admit they are struggling because they don’t want others to judge them.
Make your mental health & well being a priority
Fortunately, there are organisations that are spreading the word to educate society on the importance of mental health.
The spotlight on Mental Health is ‘Mental Health Week’ with World Mental Health Day is October 10.
Workplaces in particular are encouraged to provide Mental Health Awareness programs for their staff.
Mental Health Australia is promoting a campaign asking people to make a personal mental health promise to themselves at the website https://1010.org.au. The aim is to get people to realise that their mental health and well-being starts with them.
“The Act-Belong-Commit campaign is a world first mental health promotion program developed by Curtin University in Western Australia. The campaign is unique in that it targets the whole population and is focussed on mental health, rather than mental illness.”
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DO SOMETHING FOR YOU – If you are experiencing stress, anxiety or depression, however mild. seek help. If you know someone who is struggling with mental health encourage them to seek professional help.
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