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Celebrating World Mental Health Day

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Across the world, the month of October is a significant time to check in on mental health. It’s a time of year for everyone to inform themselves of the complexities of mental health, to raise awareness of the support available and to advocate for more ease of access for these services.


The growing prevalence of mental health issues in Australia has kick-started broader participation with Victoria, which is launching its inaugural Mental Health Month. October is a great time to check in with yourself and those around you.


Globally, World Mental Health Day is on Wednesday, 10th October, and this year’s theme is, Young people and mental health in a changing world. Today, one in seven young Australians experience a mental health condition,[1] so it’s easy to understand the importance of promoting the support that is available to them.


The World Health Organisation (WHO) said, ‘Adolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of life when many changes occur, for example changing schools, leaving home, and starting university or a new job. For many, these are exciting times. They can also be times of stress and apprehension however. In some cases, if not recognised and managed, these feelings can lead to mental illness. The expanding use of online technologies, while undoubtedly bringing many benefits, can also bring additional pressures, as connectivity to virtual networks at any time of the day and night grows.’[2]


The WHO further stated that the half of all mental health issues begin at age 14.


Often stigma arising from myths or lack of knowledge around mental illness acts as a barrier to treatment, support and recovery for those experiencing mental health issues.


Seeking help early results in better mental health outcomes. By delaying or preventing access to mental health support, stigma impacts negatively on the long-term health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.[3]


Converge International is there for people who are suffering, or are affected by, mental health issues. If you or someone you know, is struggling to communicate effectively with a young person at home, one stream of support, Family Assist, is there for members of your immediate family, offering advice across personal and lifestyle issues.

 

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is another option that is available for you to build the skills you need to adapt to the changing world of work and to thrive in all areas of life.



[1]Mental Health Australia, ‘2018 Partner Pack’, Mental Health Australia, https://www.mhfa.org.au/CMS/vic-mental-health-month-2018, (accessed 4 October 2018).

[2] World Health Organisation, ‘World Mental Health Day 2018: young people and mental health in a changing world’, http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/2018/en/, (accessed 5 October 2018).

[3] Mental Health Australia, ‘2018 Partner Pack’, Mental Health Australia, https://www.mhfa.org.au/CMS/vic-mental-health-month-2018, (accessed 5 October 2018).

 

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