World Mental Health Day 10 October 2020
The World Health Organisation recognises 10 October as World Mental Health Day. With an estimated 1 in 5 Australians experiencing a mental health condition at some stage in their lives, it can have a huge impact on our families, work places and communities.
According to The Black Dog Institute, the most common mental health conditions are depressive, anxiety and substance use disorders. Sadly, these conditions can often go untreated, undiagnosed and continue to get worse. Every day, at least 6 Australians die from suicide and is the leading cause of death for Australians aged 25-44 with men at the greatest risk.
World Mental Health Day aims to raise awareness and encourage anyone needing help, to get the support they need. The first step may often be to acknowledge that you need help. There are many ways to improve your mental health and wellbeing from nutrition and exercise, meaningful relationships with family and friends, a sense of purpose in life, counselling and talking based therapies as well as many holistic therapies.
In my experience, there is not one 'magic pill' but a combination of several different options.
Another great place to start is your GP.
I'd encourage anyone experiencing any mental health condition to reach out and get help. You are not alone.