The 10th of October is World Mental Health day, a cause close to our hearts. Mental health challenges affect 1 in 5 Australians. That 1 in 5 could be you, one of your family members, or someone you love. Mental health issues come in many forms. It could come in the form of not wanting to leave the house, or feeling anxious all the time. It can look different for everyone and, most importantly, it feels different for everyone too.
Dealing with mental health can be extremely difficult for you and your loved ones. And although there are many amazing programs out there to help, the stigma surrounding mental health can leave many people too afraid to ask for help. This is something we really need to fix.
Destigmatising mental health is important because our society benefits by working towards creating an environment that is inclusive and supportive of everyone. No matter what.
Today is a day to not only recognise mental health, but to recognise that it’s okay to struggle with it. It’s also a day to support your loved ones, family members or friends who have mental health concerns and to let them know that they are supported.
Working towards a safer, more inclusive society is hard. De-stigmatising mental health and supporting those with mental health challenges, is a really good place for us to start. Together, we can make a difference. #sister2sisterprogram #nolimits4girls
If you, or a young person you know, is struggling with symptoms of mental illness please contact your local headspace centre here or chat to them online, here. If you are over the age of 25 and suffering from symptoms of mental illness please contact your local GP for a Mental Health Assessment Plan or call Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14