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National Mental Health Month

What is National Mental Health Month?

“National Mental Health Month is an initiative of the Mental Health Foundation Australia (MHFA) to advocate for and raise awareness of Australian mental health. It is an important time where the Australian community comes together to raise awareness that #MentalHealthMatters” – MHFA 2020

 

What are the most common mental health issues?

Anxiety

1 in 4 Australians experience anxiety throughout their lives. It is a very common disorder which can be treated. Anxiety can affect the ability to sleep, ability to concentrate in the work place, and impair the ability to undertake basic tasks. The main factors that can cause anxiety are stress, health related issues or a traumatic experience.

Panic Attacks

Panic attacks are sudden instances of panic and fear, which can sometimes occur randomly without any reason. Someone who experiences panic attacks should not assume they have an anxiety disorder, as it is a condition that can occur to anyone due to increased levels of stress or fear. Some of the most common symptoms of panic attacks are difficulty breathing, light headedness, increased heart rate and nausea.

Depression

While most of us can feel sad, moody or low from time to time, some people experience these feelings intensely, for long periods of time (weeks, months or years) and sometimes without any apparent reason. Depression is more than just a low mood – it’s a serious condition that affects your physical and mental health. While we don’t know exactly what causes depression, a number of things are often linked to its development.

Research suggests that continuing difficulties – long-term unemployment, living in an abusive or uncaring relationship, long-term isolation or loneliness, prolonged work stress – are more likely to cause depression than recent life stresses. However, recent events (such as losing your job) or a combination of events can ‘trigger’ depression if you’re already at risk because of previous bad experiences or personal factors.

 

If your mental health is affecting your ability to work and conduct yourself in a professional environment, ProActiv People can provide counselling support via an Employee Assistance Programme or to people currently on the NDIS.

Call us on 08 8362 4507 or email admin@proactivpeople.com.au for more information.

 

 

 

Sources:

mhfa.org.au

healthdirect.gov.au

betterhealth.vic.gov.au

beyondblue.org.au

 

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