Life can be hard sometimes and it can have an impact on your mental health. This affects more people than you might think.
When feelings of sadness, constant stress or confusing health symptoms stop you from enjoying life, don’t just ignore them, know that help is available and that you are not alone.
Did you know?
- 20% of Australian adults are affected by mental health issues every year
- 30% of Aboriginal people suffer from some form of psychological distress
- Woman are more likely to experience anxiety disorders (18%) compared to men (11%)
- Men are more than twice as likely to have substance abuse disorders (7% compared with 3.3%)
- In men substance abuse disorder accounts for 75% of deaths by suicide
- 4% of homosexual/bisexual people have symptoms of mental health conditions
- 2% of Transgender or Gender Diverse people have been diagnosed with depression in their lifetime
Recognising mental health in yourself or others?
Recognising when something is wrong is an important part of caring for yourself.
- Do you feel anxious or worried often?
- Are you having issues sleeping?
- Finding yourself becoming extremely distressed or angry easily?
All these signs may be symptoms of mental stress. It’s important to recognise when something just isn’t right and take those first steps to understanding what that means and what your options are.
What are my next steps?
Start by talking to someone you trust, discuss your situation and understand what type of support you might need. Talk to your friends, partner, family and doctor. Speaking to your GP can help to give guidance on the support services available to you;
- Are you eligible for the government Mental Health Care Plan?
- Do you also have a physical disability? Learn how an NDIS (The National Disability Insurance Scheme) plan may be more suitable for your needs?
- Hearing voices and want to understand more? Hearing voices can provide you with community-based support.
- Require assistance on hand, and a support program in a safe environment? Then perhaps supported accommodation is best for you.
At Richmond we work with those who are living with persistent mental stresses across a range of services. Our aim is to work with you to provide the best support based on your life goals and needs.