Mental illness will affect one in five Australians this year and 1 in 2 across their lifetime. What this means is that someone you know could be doing it tough right now, despite appearances.
October 10 is World Mental Health Day – a time to recognise the role we all play in our maintaining our mental health and a time to take positive steps to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. It doesnâ€™t matter if you have a mental illness, care for someone with a mental illness, or just care about good mental health, we can all do something. You can start by making a mental health promise at 1010.org.au then sharing it with family and friends via social media.
Millions of people around the world live with depression. â€œLiving with a black dogâ€ is a guide for partners, carers and sufferers of depression. It advises those living with and caring for people with depression on what to do, what not to do, and where to go for help.
Mental Health Australia (MHA) is the peak, national non-government organisation representing and promoting the interests of the Australian mental health sector, committed to achieving better mental health for all Australians. A not-for-profit organisation, MHA aims to promote mentally healthy communities, educate Australians on mental health issues, conduct research into mental health issues and reform Australia’s mental health system.